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1661910 UGX ($450 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Although I used part of my first transfer to start up a mobile money business using a friend's already registered business line, my life currently has changed because I was able to boost my business using my second transfer and I am now an employed person. I am a boss of my own. Prior to getting this transfer, I was running someone else mobile money business that gained a lot of experience from and I was ready to set up my own.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well by giving me money that has enabled me to uplift my business and myself.
On the other side, there is nothing bad that GiveDirectly has done.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer Ugx 1600000 to boost my mobile money business.
I used the balance of Ugx 32000 to cater for my personal needs.
1730250 UGX ($460 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life has improved because this transfer has helped to buy more clothes and new bed sheets. Now I can afford to change clothes everyday. I'm also sure of acquiring own Agricultural land which I will cultivate in the next season after clearing the remaining balance. Prior to this transfer, I wore the same clothes and cultivated on my father's farm land.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfers, I felt very happy because I got money for buying clothes and household goods like bed sheets.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I joined a partnership business of mobile money with UGX 700,000, deposited for Agricultrual land which I'm buying jointly with my father worth UGX 500,000, bought clothing/household goods ( bed sheets) worth UGX 200,000 and saved. However, the recipient did not know how much he took to his savings group.
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
When I receive this money, I will enroll to school and pursue a course in journalism so that I can attain a brighter future.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon because it is the time I am resting after garden work. It's also the time I would have finnished part of my work towards looking for tuition.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is lack of funds to further my studies.