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1660965 UGX ($453 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The change in my life currently is that, we are happy because GiveDirectly enabled us to complete construction of my house which has given it beauty. Earlier on, my house was ugly because I had not plastered it due to lack of money which did not give it shape.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well through empowering communities to build houses and improve on their livelihoods with the cash transfers channeled electronically. Secondly, they endeavor to call beneficiaries for follow up and if you are not reached on phone they try their best, follow you up to home as a means of ensuring that the beneficiary has got his/her transfer. I do not see any short fall.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer for buying a bull worth UGX 1,100,000 in order to support my household in ploughing. We use bulls in our culture for ploughing since it gives a lesser cost compared to a tractor. The balance of UGX 532,000, I spent it on buying cement, sand and murram for flooring my house not forgetting feeding and payment for labour.
1754517 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I now have a motorcycle, I can easily go for my work and take my family members to hospital when they fall sick. With the same bike I can make money for feeding my family.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer I became so happy and began to plan for the transfer.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer for buying a second hand bajaj motorcycle at UGX1,000,000 to ease my movements. I also bought iron sheets and timber for roofing my veranda.
access_time 8 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be in position to complete the construction of my house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happiest in the evening when my children are playing.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is inadequacy of money to take care of the needs of the family.