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1660965 UGX ($448 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The biggest difference in my life is that I got medical treatment after an operation. I renovated my grass thatched house and it leaks no more. In addition to that, I constructed an Iron roofed house on my plot. I intend to rent it out to students in a near-by school and it will generate income to the family. All these achievements have been possible because of the cash transfers.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did well to sensitise us prior to receiving the transfers. They did well to give us unconditional cash transfers. There is no crime that GiveDirectly has committed.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer for buying a cow worth UGX 800,000, and UGX 170,000 for buying gifts for my father. The balance of the money I used for completing the construction of the house that I had started with the first transfer.
1754517 UGX ($464 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I am happy.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my cash transfer, I felt happy.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first cash transfer worth 1,700,000ugx for buying twenty bags of cement, iron sheets, 1,500 bricks for building our commercial house worth 1,000,000ugx in total. The balance of 700,000ugx, I paid a debt of 280,000ugx which I had borrowed for treating our child. I bought two mattresses, one pair of bedsheets and apair of curtains worth 250,000ugx, I bought clothes for my children and myself worth 88,000ugx. I then bought one dozen of plates at 28,000ugx including five cups worth 2,500ugx, the balance of 51, 500ugx I want to use for starting a small business.
access_time 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means building iron roofed house for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon when I eat lunch together with my children after a long days work.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is lack of a good residential house and limited finances for educating my children