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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference is that I have acquired property that I did not have for instance I sleep on a comfortable mattress. We are healthy because we can now afford a balanced diet. In the past, I was sleeping on tattered bedding which were uncomfortable. More so, our feeding was very poor and we could hardly have a change of diet.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was woken up by a message at 22:00HRS that night. my spouse read it and informed me that GiveDirectly had sent us money. I was very excited because this was a blessing to our polygamous household.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first cash transfer to purchase an ox worth UGX 700000 and windows worth UGX 200000 and mattress worth UGX 115000. I also purchased cement worth UGX 81000 and I paid school fees worth UGX 150000.I also spent a portion of the transfer on food and other basic needs. The balance of UGX 200000 will be spent on purchasing clothes and bedding for the children.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be able to take care of the scholastic needs of my children, complete the construction of my house and buy household items.
I have a number of children at a school going age but providing for them is such a big charllage the fact that I am just a subsistence farmer.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I feel happiest in the afternoon when my husband returns home.
In most cases he comes back with food.
This gives me the courage to stay in marriage.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is sickness.
This does not allow me to work as expected and yet I have many children that need my attention.
The consumption rate is high compared to the rate at which food is produced.
In the end, food shortage which leaves me with nothing for my family to feed on.