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1661910 UGX ($451 USD)
access_time 23 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has tremendously improved in that I'm an owner of three acres of land. In the past, I used to borrow money from SACCOS in order to rent agricultural land for cultivating my crops. It was always very difficult for me to carryout agriculture since I could only afford land in distant places. This in turn affected the crop productivity since I struggled to weed and harvest my crops on time due to the long distance hence leading to low harvest.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly in my opinion has done me good by giving the cash transfers that have enabled me acquire land. And there is nothing bad that GiveDirectly has done.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I have spent my second transfer to pay school fees for my children, buy an acre of land land and for treating my spouse.
1728300 UGX ($461 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My daily life has changed in that, I treated my sick wife and paid my children's tuition which has given me a peaceful mind. Life used to be difficult since I had to spread the little income I would make to settle a series of needs and make loan repayments.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was overwhelmed with joy when I received the money. It was my first time in the history of my life on earth to receive such a huge sum of money at once.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I deposited Ugx 1100000 of my first transfer on an acre of land I'm buying and paid my children's tuition worth Ugx 200000. In addition, I paid off a debt of Ugx 100000, settled medical bills for my sick wife worth Ugx 100000 and I Plan to pay my children's tuition for next term with the balance.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I shall spend this transfers for buying a plot. I will develop this plot by building rentals that tenants can rent and I get money for paying my children's fees.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is evening hours while at Aloet centre, I chatt development ideas with friends.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face currently is how to get a source of money for educating my children.