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1661910 UGX ($450 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The cash transfers uplifted my family from poverty. For instance,we were able to restock our retail shop. This earns the family daily income.
I am also glad that we were able to settle old loans that had accumulated over a long period of time.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion,GiveDirectly has empowered the poor through sending them direct cash transfers. On the otherhand, I can not point out any wrong that GiveDirectly has done.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent all the second cash transfer to restock our retail shop.
1728300 UGX ($462 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The significant difference in my daily life is that I am happy and debt free. I cleared my debt and reclaimed our farmland that we had used as collateral.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
We received a mobile money at night. My spouse read the message and told me that GiveDirectly had sent us money.
We were overjoyed and excited.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first cash transfer to purchase two oxen worth UGX 1200000 and goats worth UGX 140000. I also paid a debt worth UGX 300000. The balance I spent on clearing medical bills.
access_time 7 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I plan to start up a general merchandise shop business in Bukedea town with the transfers. I will be selling to my customers thus raising money that can continue sustaining the family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is evening hours while Iam sharing light moments with my children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face currently is lack of money for starting up income generating activity.