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Sarah's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660965 UGX ($453 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is currently different because I have acquired farm land that will help me have extensive commercial and subsistance farming. This kind of farming will enable me to sell off some food stuffs and meet some family needs such as education for my children and feeding my family. Before aquirng this land, famine was inevitable as food production was very low. I had only one garden that I used to leave and farm on. Hence, making life very difficult.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well by developing my community. People are now having standard housing than before when housing was really in bad shape. To me, it has enabled me to get back land that is will help in increased food production through extensive farming. However, GiveDirectly has nothing bad it has done.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer Ugx 650000 get back land that my father in law had given out in exchange for money to solve am emergency (not known to me) at the time. I also hired more two gardens at Ugx 250000 altogether. I am saving Ugx 400000 that I plan to use when the farming season starts. I then spent the rest of the transfer to buy some household items such as bedings, utensils and buying food to feed my family.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I can now afford to feed on a variety of food and food is relatively adequate at the household compared to the past. Before, I used to spend a lot of time doing casual work in order to buy food, ate once but now we can eat twice a day.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was owe-some receiving my first cash transfer, I felt happy because my family had so many challenges ranging from lack of food, clothes and the burden of debts had squeezed our resources. Receiving this cash transfer meant relief from those pressures.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent UGX 650,000 for paying a debt for money I borrowed for paying treatment bills. I spent UGX 1,050,000 for making bricks that I intend to use for constructing my house, feeding at the household level, and I bought for family members clothes.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means i will build a permanent house and also buy inputs for my farming.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the afternoon while sharing stories with my friends and family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in my life is lack of enough land for farming and failure to go for further studies like a course.