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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The big difference in my life is that I have acquired a cow that I am keeping to help me in case of emergecy since I am a diabetic person. I have also paid part of dowery of two goats to my parents in law. This is in fulfilment of the traditional obligation for any man taking up a new wife. I was also able to acquire medication for diabets. Before getting the money, I did not have hope of marrying a wife and my heath was detoriorating because I could not afford the diabets treament.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I got money I felt happy and excited. I carried my brother who helped me to track the thief who stole my GiveDirectly phone, national Identity card and sim card because without these things, I would have not managed to get the transfers.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used UGX 600,000 of my first transfer for paying a debt. I bought a cow and two goats at UGX 885,000, a solar at UGX 140,000, a radio at UGX 30,000, a phone at UGX 35,000 and UGX 10,000 was spent on transport.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be able to build an iron roofed house that my family can comfortably sleep in. This will give us good rest.
I also hope to pay bride price to my parents-in-law so that I can settle with my wife as a family. I have kept postponing demmands from my wife's mother just because I don't have the capacity to pay dowary. I take this to be the only opportunity I have to do that.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happiest in the morning when I wake up healthy. I am able to work and feed my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is sickness. I am a diabetic case which requires that I take medication every day. A complete dose of the drug is eighty thousand (80,000)every month which is expensive for me. I do all kinds of jobs to raise money to take care of the needs but it is not easy.