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1660965 UGX ($449 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different now because I have many clothes and shoes that I keep changing. I now use solar for light, charging my radio and the phone. I have also constructed an iron roofed house. Before, I was sleeping in a house with a leaking roof and I would cover my children with a mat whenever it rained. I had one cloth, no shoes and used grass for light. GiveDirectly has greatly changed my life.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did well to give me money and the phone. I'm now connected to many people and I thank them for giving me the phone. There is nothing they did bad.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent UGX 500,000 of my second transfer for completing my house construction. I bought clothes, mattress, bed sheets and bed at UGX 400,000, solar at UGX 150,000, radio at UGX 60,000, goat UGX 60,000. I gave my husband UGX 200,000 to use as capital for his business. I paid fees of UGX 50,000 and spent the balance of UGX 213,000 on food.
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I'm now very happy that I sleep in permanent structure not like before when I had alot of stress looking for grass to renovate my hurt when it starts to leak.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I recieved my money, I felt happy to hold such an amount of money which I had never held in my life.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have spent my first transfer to purchase building materials ( bricks, cement, timber, nails and sand) at UGX 1,056,000, labour at UGX 324,000 and transport at UGX 320,000.
access_time 7 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money is a means of helping my family to get a new apartment of iron roof .
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is morning .because it's a time I give thanks to almighty God for his protection towards me and my family over night.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship which I face in my family is poor a commodation .