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Betty's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660300 UGX ($440 USD)
access_time 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 am now free from the debt incurred, happy to have an iron sheet roofed house which implies that I will not be burdened by problems associated with a grass thatched house like leaking during rainy season, movement to long distances has been eased by purchase of a bicycle. Before, I use to move long distances on foot, for instance, to fetch water and carry home on my head, and I had limited land to cultivate due to that debt, hence not enough food at home.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well giving us money that has enabled people to build iron sheet roofed houses, resting from the burden of searching for roofing grass, and with money received, it has also enabled us to pay existing debts. There's nothing it hasn't done well in my opinion.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to build an iron sheet roofed house, pay debt, and pay hospital bill of my father -in-law who was very sick.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest change in my daily life is that, I have bought materials that I'm intending to use for constructing a permanent house. This money has also enabled me get back my garden that I'm planning to plant G-nuts come rainy season. Further more, I was also able to buy a bicycle that has eased my transportation. In the past, I didn't have hope of constructing a permanent house because I lacked money to buy materials.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I saw the message from GiveDirectly, I became very happy that truly the promise that was made to me earlier had been fulfilled. I thanked God for leading GiveDirectly to my village and to me in particular.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to purchasing 5,000 brick and a trip of sand at UGX 880,000 that I'm going to use for constructing a permanent house. I Paid off a mortgage worth UGX 350,000 that enabled me get back my garden. I also bought a bicycle at UGX 130,000 which has eased my transportation and I have saved UGX 300,000 to spend later to pay for construction labour.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
This money shall enable me to pay school fees and providing basic needs for my children studying in Zula primary school.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest is in the afternoon while Iam resting after work.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is lack of money for paying school fees and providing basic needs to my children.