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1661910 UGX ($454 USD)
access_time 4 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Previously, I slept in a grass thatched hut that leaked whenever it rained. When I got my first transfer, I bought construction materials(bricks, sand, aggregate, cement) and paid partly construction labour since the construction had started. After recieving my second transfer, I bought iron sheets, timber, nails, a door, window and completed money for labour. I am now sleeping in my new house which has relieved me from the leaking hut.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did well to give me cash that I spent to buy construction materials and paying builders. GiveDirectly has not done anything bad on my side.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my transfer to purchase construction materials(iron sheets, timber, nails, a door and window ), foodstuffs, paid builders and transport.
1728300 UGX ($458 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Though I am still sleeping in the old grass thatched house, the biggest different in my daily life is the joy and happiness that I feel for having got such amount of money that has enabled me to start building a permanet iron roofed house that when complete, I will move in.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my money, I felt so happy that I had got money that would financially support me in terms of building.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer Ugx 1500000 to buy building materials such as bricks, cement, timber, iron sheets, sand, and paying people who helped me start the construction work.
I also bought some food that I used to feed my family and the laborers who were constructing my house.
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
When I receive this money, I will build a house and buy some cows for diary and agriculture.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when am resting from the day's work.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is lack of money to acquire proper accommodation.