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1661910 UGX ($449 USD)
access_time 9 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I live a very happy life nowadays as compared to the past. I managed to complete a house by plastering and flooring it. I have also secured some building materials which I will use to build another house. In addition to that, I bought household items like Jerry cans, Utensils and clothes. Prior to receiving money, we had very few things to use especially utensils and we wore mainly one pair of clothes. My house was very dusty and damanged by rodents which caused sickness in us like flu due to dust. We are no longer bothered by dust and rats because that is history now thanks to GD.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GD did well in terms of sending me cash transfers. This money has really improve my standards of living because I floored and plastered my house. I have not seen anything that GD didn't do well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
We bought building materials, household items and paid medical bills.
1728300 UGX ($462 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest change in my daily life is that, I live a healthy and good life. I was able to treat myself together with my children, bought clothes that have made us dress better than before. In the past, I was a casual laborer and wasn't making enough money to meet all my family needs like medical, clothing and food.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the money, I felt very happy because this was my first time to receive such a big amount of money at once.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent Ugx 350000 of my first transfer as start up capital for a shoe business and paid its rent at Ugx 70000. In addition, I bought clothes, a mattress and a bed at Ugx 208000, a bicycle worth Ugx 350000 and a phone for my husband at Ugx 85000. I also bought utensils and food at Ugx 150000 and 160000 respectively. This transfer also was used to settle medical bills worth Ugx 60000, cultivation of crops at Ugx 20000 and the balance is currently saved.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to build a better sleeping house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when my children are playing.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is inadequacy of land for cultivation.