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Patrick's family
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660965 UGX ($453 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has greatly improved in that, these days I pay my children's tuition on time and now have livestock that when I sell will enable me pay my children's tuition in the future. Previously, I used to get loans from a money lender who would retain my ATM card as collateral. This denied me access to my salary as long as I still serviced the loan, which made it difficult for me to provide for my family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly according to me has done well in educating my children by me unconditional cash transfers. In a broader perspective, these transfer have brought development in my community, because many have constructed permanent houses. On the other, so far GiveDirectly has consistently done everything right because they do not accept bribes, its employees are approachable and are committed to their work.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I have spent my second transfer to buy three cows worth Ugx 1400000 and a mattress at Ugx 120000. The balance was spent on food and a few household items like soap, salt among others.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, this transfer relieved me from the burden I had of my children's fees. Now the salary I get, meets my other family needs and this enables us afford a balanced diet hence improved standards of living as opposed to past.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the money, I felt relieved. This because I usually had sleepless nights over my children's school fees which I struggled a lot to find.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have spent my first transfer to pay loan of Ugx840000 that I had borrowed for paying my children's fees. I have saved Ugx610000 for the next term's school fees. I also bought a mattress of Ugx120000, clothes for my children worth Ugx70000 and bought food for Christmas celebration of Ugx60000.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means i pay school fees for my children and the balance i will buy some cattle for rearing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the evening while resting and sharing with my friends and family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in my life is lack of enough capacity to educate my children.