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1662250 UGX ($452 USD)
access_time 22 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
These cash transfers have enabled me construct an iron roofed house which they have just fitted a door. Once I shift in my new house, I am going to be relieved from the burden of renovating my hut annually and its leaking roof although I am currently sleeping in it. In addition, I have got a piece of land that I can use freely without restrictions. Previously I rented land which limited the kinds of crops I could plant, I never planted crops that took a long period of time like cassava yet its a staple food in our community.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly did well to give me cash that I spent to purchase household items and construct an iron roofed house. On my side, GiveDirectly has not done anything bad.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to purchase a door, cement, clothes, utensils, foodstuffs, jerry cans, children's education, lent out UGX 500,000 in exchange of an a piece of land and gifts. I have not yet sent UGX 200,000 but I am planning to spend it to buy a cow.
1730250 UGX ($469 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The big difference now is that I have paid my child's school fees in time and the construction of an iron roofed house for my self is in progress. I am currently sleeping in the hut with a leaky roof but with confidence that I will soon move to a comfortable house. Thank you to Give Directly for the transfers.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the money I became so happy, I said a prayer to thank God for the transfer.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent UGX 130,000 of my first transfer for paying school fees for my child. I am spending the rest of the money for constructing an iron roofed house.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be in position to build my house and also educate my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I am together with my children listening to a radio.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship is having a difficulty in educating my children because since my husband passed on, I have been striving hard to pay my childrens fees.