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Margrate's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660300 UGX ($450 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that I feel happy that my son has a wife to handle house chores. My business of selling dry fish helps to support life especially feeding at home. Before, life was stressful especially cooking for my son whenever I return from work tired, and with no source of money, life was stressful seeing others earning through business and yet you have no capacity to do the same.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well because I have noticed things that I never imagined to see changes, like my son getting a wife, more households happy with a few squabbles. There's nothing it hasn't done well since almost everybody is happy in the village.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
That second transfer was spent to marry my son a wife, by buying two cows and two goats, pay pride price. Then bought household items like bed-sheets, utensils,and cloth. The rest of the balance went on feeding, especially while hosting the in-laws.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
This transfer has tremendously improved my daily life in that, I have regained ownership of the land that I mortgaged. This makes me excited because I now have more land for crop production.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I saw the mobile money message, I felt too happy. This is because, I had never received such a huge amount of money at the same time.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to pay off a mortgage of UGX 600000 and bought a heifer worth UGX 700000. I have saved UGX 400000 for future use.
access_time 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means repairing the iron roofed house that I reside in.This is because it's in a bad state.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon when my grand children are healthy and keep playing around me.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is limited agricultural land and poor accomodation.