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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?
Life is different than it would have been because I have land to cultivate, a bull to sell incase of money crisis at home, and I sleep better with a mattress. Before, I didn't have land to cultivate food crops, no livestock as an asset, and my dressing was poor without enough clothes, no mattress in the house.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well giving money directly that has enabled me to pay a debt, acquire household items, plough gardens, and I like it when it sends staff to the village to check whether the money reached us. I don't see anything it hasn't done well in my opinion.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
My second transfer was spent to buy a bull, household items like clothes, mattress, food, and to plough gardens.
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I'm now very happy that I have got back my gardens which I had given out as collateral for 8yrs. I can now farm my crops to sustain myself.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my transfer, I felt happy because I new that I was going to off set some of the debts I had.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have spent my first transfer to clear a debt of UGX 850,000, bought building materials( iron sheets) at UGX 203,000, transport at UGX 10,000. There is a balance of UGX 637,000 which I'm planning to spend building materials.
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means i will recover our rented out gardens then the balance i Will use it for marrying a wife.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the afternoon while sharing stories with my friends and family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in my life is lack of basic needs for self sustainance given my disability status.