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1662250 UGX ($450 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
First and foremost, I am very happy that I sleep under a permanent house. This is a dream come true. I never had hopes of ever constructing a permanent house. Previously, my house was leaking and on the verge of collapsing on us. We had no financial strength to enable us maintain it. Secondly, I am happy that with the cash transfers I paid school fees. This issue of school fees used to stress us alot.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly does well to sensitize people on how to manage their cash transfers. However, it is sad that some people were left out because of unfounded rumours. The staff need to be more vigilant during enrollment process.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
The second cash transfer was spent on purchasing iron sheets and timber and cement. Part of it was also spent on food.
1730250 UGX ($468 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life has changed because I am currently constructing an iron roofed house which is at ring beam level. Once it is complete, I shall rest from the struggle of looking for thatch, the new house will be safe and spacious enough to accommodate us and the harvest.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment we received the mobile money message, my husband woke me up and told me the money had arrived. We woke up with excitement and ululated as a sign of happiness.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer for buying 3 trips of bricks, 3 of sand, 11 bags of cement and 8 ventilators . I bought a goat, food, paid the builder UGX 150,000 and school fees of UGX 430,000. I bought shoes, clothes, bed sheets for my self and the children. I used some money for ploughing.
access_time 12 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be able to build an iron roofed house, buy some cows that can reproduce and take care of future evetualities and provide the education needs of my children.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happiest in the evening when I am with my children.
I feel they are a blessing to me because not everyone is able to have a child.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is lack of money to provide the education needs of my children.
I have many children who actually go to school but how to provide for them is a charllage.
I do casual labour to earn some money.
Some times I am forced to sell off food just to support them.
This in most cases has brought about food shortage in my household.