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James's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1661910 UGX ($451 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has changed in that, I own livestock and soon starting my own business. Previously, I didn't have money to buy livestock to use for marrying my wife and had no source of income. But with the new business I'm soon opening, I will be able to generate daily income for meeting the needs of the family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
According to me, GiveDirectly has done well by alleviating poverty from my household. There is nothing bad that GiveDirectly has done.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to buy a cow and still have a balance that I intend to use for starting a business.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($462 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The cash transfer has changed my life in that I am happier and socially respected in the community. I am looking forward to pay my wife's dowry and be empowered to take care of my family. Before I received the cash transfer, I had a lot of worries and stress because I could neither afford food nor acquire other necessities for the family.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The cash transfer message was delivered when my phone was off. I got a visit from one of the village members who told me to check my account. When I checked my inbox, I did not see any mobile money message. However, I checked my account and found that I had received a large sum of money. My heart was filled with joy and I thanked God for this assistance.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent UGX 1100000 to purchase two cows and UGX 300000 to purchase household items such as a mattress and clothes. I bought food stock like cassava, posho flour for my family. I am planning to spend UGX 150000 on other family responsibilities.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to retrive the piece of land that was leased by my parents, buy some cattle and pay bride price to my parents-in-law.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the noon time when I am playing with my wife.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is poverty. I do not have resources to provide for my family.