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Magdalen's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1662250 UGX ($452 USD)
access_time 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The cash transfers enabled the renovation of our house. We were living in an incomplete house that needed plastering. It was dusty and uncomfortable. However, the cash transfers enabled us to plaster the house. In addition to this, we were able to pay our son's tuition fees. We were worried that he would not be in position to complete his second year due to lack of tuition.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
I am very pleased that GiveDirectly entrusted us with the choice to spend our cash transfers freely. More so, GiveDirectly chose to help all the people without segregating.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent the second cash transfer to pay tuition fees for my last born child. The balance was spent on purchasing household items such as utensils and clothes.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1730250 UGX ($468 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is happiness to see that my house is now looking good and nolonger ramshackled and dusty. In addition, feeding has improved in that we can afford to have two meals a day, unlike before.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
That moment I received money, I felt so happy because never in my life have I received such an amount of money.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
My first transfer was spent to buy cement, sand, timber to complete building the house and pay labour. The balance was used to pay school fees, buy clothes for children and the rest is now being used for feeding.
access_time over 4 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
When I receive this money, I will use it to finnish the construction of the house. Currently we are occupying an incomplete house because we ran short of funds. I will also buy some bulls and an ox-plough for agriculture which is our main source of income. Apparently we are just hiring bulls and the Ox-plough from other people which is costly. So when we buy ours, we shall save some money and at the same time hire it out which will boost our income.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is any time when I have money. Any time I get money is a very happy moment for me because I can afford basic needs for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is lack of agricultural inputs like oxen,quality seeds, fertilizers and labour because we don't have enough money.