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1662250 UGX ($449 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is better now because I have constructed an iron roofed house, paid a debt that enabled me get back the land which was given out as security. Previously, we were sleeping in small huts that could leak. We were always on pressure to renovate the roofs of these huts every year yet grass was scarse.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did well to sensitise my community to spend money well on things that will benefit our families.There is nothing they did bad.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used my second transfer for buying iron sheets, timber, door and windows, cement that I used for completing the construction of my house. I bought a solar, a radio and a battery.
1730250 UGX ($468 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life is better now because I paid I debt that enabled me get back my farm land that I had given out as security on acquiring the loan. I am now constructing an iron roofed house which I hope to move into soon and my mind is generally at peace. Before I got money, I did not have farm land of my own and I worked as a casual laborer for survival.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer, I became so happy. This was because the money was going to help me settle the debt and put up a decent house for my self.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer for hiring two acres of land at UGX 200,000, paying a debt of UGX 300,000 and for constructing an iron roofed house which is at roofing level now.
access_time 11 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will construct a permanent house which is iron roofed . Right now I'm sleeping in a grass thatched house which leaks whenever it rains and there is no money to buy more grass to put it right. Whatever money will remain, will be used to recover the piece of land that I had staked to someone because I had picked some money from him.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is Lunch time. It is the time when all the members of the family are having ameal together.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
There is no adequte land for crop cultivation and this has made us not to have enough food in the house.