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1662250 UGX ($449 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life will soon improved after I have completed to build my permanent house which is now left with fixing windows and a door. Currently I'm still sleeping in thatched hut. Secondly, I completed to pay fees for my son who is in teacher's college. Previously, I could pay his fees in instalements and at times he was sent out of the college.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well by helping improving our standards of living from thatched house to permanent one. GiveDirectly has not done anything wrong.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I paid labour, bought building materials( iron sheet, timber, nails, 2 bags of cement, 1 trip of bricks, ventilators and a door) and food. The recipient bought timber, ventilators and nails but could not remember the price.
1730250 UGX ($468 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is happiness knowing that I will be having an iron sheet roofed house because of hardships of maintaining a grass thatched house. In addition, there's peace of mind compared to before where stress was common due to difficulty in getting money to pay school fees.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
That moment I received money, I read the message, ignored it at first as any other. But it was in the morning that it dawned on me that it was GiveDirectly money after seeing my neighbourhood joyous.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
My first transfer was spent to buy building materials such as sand, bricks to begin constructing an iron sheet roofed house. I paid school fees and bought school uniforms, as well as saucepans. Saved the balance to top up with second transfer to complete building a house.
access_time 8 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means building and sleeping in a permanent house that is comfortable and not expensive to renovate. I currently sleep in a grass thatched house that is very expensive to maintain and besides, it is not spacious enough.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is after lunch when my children have eaten lunch. I have to struggle to make sure that they have a meal and after that moment, we relux and narrate stories.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Paying school fees is my biggest hardship. My spouse is not very responsible enough and so he has left the burden of household management entirely on me as he makes his money and spends it on drinking.