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Edisa'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 now because I'm building a house that has brought happiness and joy into my life. Prior to getting this money, I used to struggle a lot looking for grass to maintain my hut which is very scarce and expensive if I'm to buy. I have also managed to hire farm land since I did not have enough land to farm on. Hiring this land means that I will be able to harvest enough food this season which I will sell and consume. Prior to getting money from GD, I depended soley on causual work in order to earn a living but after getting this money I have reduced doing causual work.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my view, GD has done an amazing job by sending me transfers which has enabled me construct a house. Without GD I would sleep in a grass thatched house my entire life because I did not have money for constructing it. I'm so grateful for the support GD rendered to me because since I was born I have never seen an organization which sends unconditional cash. I have not noticed anything wrong done by GD.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my transfer on purchasing building materials like timber, cement, iron sheets, nails and paid labour. I also spent the transfer on hiring gardens.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life is now different because I have started to build my permanent house which hope to complete after getting my second transfer. Before, I had a grass thatched hut.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my transfer, I was very excited because I was sure of building my house and acquiring household items such as clothing and mattress.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have spent my first transfer on purchasing build materials (cement, sand, bricks) worth UGX 1500,000 and household goods ( mattress, clothing, shoes and a bag) worth UGX 200,000.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be able to buy a piece of land and build an iron roofed house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happiest in the evening when I am playing with my children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is lack of land for cultivation.