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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 in that I now sleep in an iron sheet roofed house, and GiveDirectly has enabled acquire a cow that will reproduce to give me money if sold. Before, I used to sleep under a leaking grass thatched house which would be an inconvenience when it rains and didn't have any asset of my own.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well giving me money that has enabled to build an iron sheet roofed house, acquire a bull, and it has no connection to any government or religious group in that it operates on its own. There's nothing it hasn't done well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
My second transfer was spent to buy a cow, build an iron sheet roofed house, and some to consume alcohol.
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I am very happy that the construction of my house is almost complete.
I used to sleep in a leaking small house with no good ventilation. However when the house is completed, I will be living like a respectable man in the community.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
On that day,my nephew knocked at my door and woke me up. When I came out, he told me that I had received money from GiveDirectly. I was very excited and I encouraged him to construct a house for me.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent UGX232,000 to purchase iron sheets and UGX740,000 to purchase bricks.
I paid the builder UGX185,000 and UGX90,000 on buying sand and the balance of UGX453,000 was spent on buying food.
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be able to build an iron roofed house and buy some cattle so that I can marry.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happiest in the evening when I am seated with other members of the family especially after a day's work.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is lack of a good sleeping house.
The one that I currently occupy leaks.