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Kwagala's family
Subsistence farming
Eastern Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1686517 UGX ($446 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has changed gratefully, my heart is too happy and just playing inside me, i have a personal business now which i did not expect.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
It has done very well, am too happy Give Direct should be there forever.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I have spent my transfer on starting a business. I have started a charcoal business to support my family, the stall has costed me 150,000,300000 for the space this included the operation license, i have bought 5 bags of charcoal at 250,000 each bag costing me 50,000 giving me a profit of 10,000 on every bag, i gave 50,000 , 70,0000, 80,000 to my children to pay school fees. I also spent 150,000 on clothes and 60,000 on shoes for children, i also bought for myself clothes worth 80,000 and shoes of 80,000, spent 45,000 on posh flour, meat and rice for my children to eat.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1754517 UGX ($464 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I never dreamed of having an investment like 2 acres of a sugarcane plantation but due to transfers from GD, the economic status of my family is getting really better. My husband - the father of my children dumped me for another woman but GD gave me courage and a new hope to rise up again as a single mother and take the lead for my family. Am now determined because GD has given me hope - true hope.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was so happy and shouted for joy, I kept checking my account balance because it was too good to be true yet it was really true.i
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I bought 2 acres of a sugarcane plantation worth 1,300,000Ugsh. I bought food for my children worth 100,000Ugsh and I Paid school fees and bought uniforms for my children worth 200,000Ugsh. I also used used 100,000Ugsh on treatment for me and my children.
access_time 9 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Recieving this money means a lot of things, I will be able to pay school fees for my children, furnish my house and buy a plot of land for my children to build on in future
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I get to bed after the days work, I feel very relaxed and happy since I dont have anything to worry about.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I faced was when my husband chased me out of my house that we had built together after he had got another wife, I got stranded with my children since we had nowhere to go untill I went back to my parent's home.