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1661910 UGX ($450 USD)
access_time 8 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different because I am able to raise money to support my family and myself in terms of feeding. This is through the money I get from my motorcycle business. Before getting this transfer, I used to do casual labor like farming in other people's farms, being a helper at a construction site among others to raise money to support my family needs.
In addition to this, I am able to offer boda boda services to my community memebers since transportation is challenging. Prior to getting this transfer to buy a motorcycle, one would foot to either a near trading center in hope of getting a ride which in most cases was rare or call for a ride from the near by trading centre.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly has done well by helping people in my community financially as they have developed through housing, feeding among others. To me, it has done well by giving me money that has enabled me to get a motorcycle that I use to generate money as a boda boda.
On the other side, GiveDirectly has done absolutely nothing bad.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent almost all of my second transfer Ugx 1600000 to complete payment of my motorcycle.
I then used the balance of Ugx 32000 to buy food.
1728300 UGX ($461 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My daily life has improved in that, I run my transport business with the motor bike I bought which gives me daily income. Before, I used to hire other people's motor bikes in order transport my customers but I made very little money often since I had to share the money with the bike owner.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was overwhelmed with joy when I saw the message of the transfer in my phone. In fact, when my wife notified me that the transfer had arrived, I decided to come and seat outside for the remainder of the night as I enjoyed hearing other recipients in the community ululating.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I topped my first transfer with the cash I borrowed to buy a motor bike worth Ugx 3800000.
access_time 5 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means, I shall be able to use for buying motorcycle. This motorcycle I shall be ridding carrying my passengers as aboda to raise money for the family upkeep.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is evening hours while listening to music with my spouse and children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face currently is lack of money for providing basic needs to my family like food, clothing and so on.