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James's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660965 UGX ($447 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has changed in that, my living conditions have improved because I now sleep in a permanent house. Prior to this, I used to stay in a grass thatched house that used to leak hence inconviniencing at night.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well through giving money directly to the beneficiaries that we spend without any guidance. I do not find gaps in GiveDirectly operations.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent UGX 860000 for paying a debt for the money that I had borrowed for completing consttuction of my permenent house. I bought a heifer and a bull at UGX 750000 with intent to use for marrying because in our culture, one has to pay bride price before settling with a wife. The balance of UGX 22000, I spent UGX 15000 on food and UGX 7000 on drinking.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1754517 UGX ($464 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I am a happy person because I have started the construction process of my permanent house.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my cash transfer, I felt happy.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
When I received my first cash transfer worth 1,700,000ugx, I bought one trip of sand at 90,000ugx, 1,800 bricks at 270,000ugx, three bags of cement at 85,500ugx. The balance of 1,254,000ugx, I intend to use for buying iron sheets, timber and paying for labour.
access_time 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means, I will be in position to build an iron roofed house for myself
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evenings when I am with my friends socializing and drinking alcohol
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is lack of enough money to construct an iron roofed house