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1660300 UGX ($440 USD)
access_time 12 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that I now have comfortable sleep in an iron sheet roofed house with a bed, mattress and bedsheets which would have past my life without experiencing it. Before, I used to sleep under a leaking grass thatched house with a mat without covering but with my clothes only.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well giving us money directly to build iron sheet roofed houses, buy household items like mattresses, and even meet hospital bills.There's nothing it hasn't done well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
Second transfer was spent to buy building materials such as iron sheets, timber to construct a house, paid hospital bill, bought food and household items like a bed, mattress, bedsheets.
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference is that my health is improving. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and I did not have money to buy medicine. However I spent this money to buy medicine which has improved my health.
In addition to that, I am happy because I also started constructing a two roomed house.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I remember my daughter in-law called me that day and informed me that I had received a mobile message. I jubilated in my grass thatched house and sung songs of joy.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent UGX300,000 to pay the builders and UGX1,300,000 to buy cement,bricks,sand,timber.
I also spent UGX100,000 to buy food.
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means i will build a permanent house for myself 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 afternoon when interacting with my friends and family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in my life is this lameness which has affected My productivity as a widow.