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Mary
landscapeCountry:
uganda
workOccupation:
Small business
faceAge:
47
workCampaign
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660300 UGX ($440 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different now because I have my own cow, an ox which does the ploughing. I also managed to pay school fees for my children on time. Before I received the cash transfer, I could hire oxen which was expensive and I could be among the last people to plough when the rains have reduced. If I hadn't got the money, my children would have been sent home because of school fees.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did well to give me unconditional cash transfer directly. This allowed me to plan for it following my priority needs. There is nothing I have seen being done wrong.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my first transfer for buying a cow, food and sand that I want to use for plastering my house. I have saved UGX 900,000 which I intend to use for digging a well where I will be drawing water from.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Everyday I wake up very happy because the cash transfer has enabled me to clear my children's school fees. I am very happy that I was able to enroll them into boarding schools. In addition to this, I have acquired an ox that will be used for ploughing when the rains fall. In the past I was over burdened with worries and I had developed ulcers because of worrying alot especially when my children were sent home due to lack of school fees.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
One of my son's called me late that night informing of the cash transfer but I could not read the message. However in the morning I called my neighbor to read the message for me. I was overwhelmed with joy when he told me the news because I had now received money that was going to clear my children's school fees.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first cash transfer to purchase an ox worth UGX 1,000,000 and I spent UGX 600,000 to pay school fees for my two children. I also spent UGX 55,000 to pay for PTA fees and the balance was spent on purchasing other scholastic supplies like books and pens.
 
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access_time 7 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means i will buy cattle for ploughing and the balance i will add on my business.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the morning when I wake up healthy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggiest hardship in my life is lack of enough support for my family welfare.