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1662250 UGX ($454 USD)
access_time 4 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 a happy old woman whose standard of living has changed postively. This is in terms of feeding (I feed timely, constantly and on a balanced diet), sleeping (I now sleep on a comfortable bed) and asset acquisition (I have my livestock). Prior to getting this transfer, I was very poor that I couldn't afford a meal or desecent bed. All I had was a heap of clothes for my bed and either one or no meal a day.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly in my opinion has done well by bringing financial help to me. This money has helped me to improve my standard of living.
On the other hand, there is nothing bad that GiveDirectly has done.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to buy some livestock such as two pigs, chicken and a cow.
I then bought some household items such as bed, bed sheets, mattress, curtains, utensils, and clothes.
I also bought and stored some food stuffs.
1730250 UGX ($467 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I live a very happy life now because I managed to secure items I lacked in my house. I now sleep on a new and comfortable mattress covered with nice bed sheets and gazzeted my house with curtains making it look good and beautiful. I now have two meals a day as compared to the past when I could only eat once or sometimes go without without meal the whole day. Lastly, I own a goat which I did not have prior to GiveDirectly's cash transfer.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was about 10 pm when I received this money. I was overwhelmed by joy to the extent that I ululated. I sat till morning simply because I couldn't sleep, I was just meditating the whole night how I will spend my transfer.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my transfer on acquisition of household items like beddings, Utensils, Clothes, Curtains. I spent some money in acquiring livestock. I bought one goat that will reproduce and multiply in future. The remaining money is used it on feeding since this period was hit by a lot famine.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will be of great joy to me.I have lived in a grass thatched house for many years.It leaks whenever it rains and needs changing grass twice every year. When I receive this many, it will go to construction of an ironroofed house which would be descent for me to live in with my grandson.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My hapoiest part of the day is Luch time. It's the time we share a meal together as a family, after returning from the garden.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is lack of oxen for ploughing. With hand hoe that I'm using currently, I can't dig abigger portion of the garden and cultivate more crops to realise more food in the house.