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1661910 UGX ($450 USD)
access_time 8 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is better now because I sleep in an iron roofed house that I constructed with the GiveDirectly transfers. I have married my wife officially by paying dowery, this has gained me respect from both in laws and my wife. Previously, both my wife and her parents did not respect me and I was sleeping in a leaky hut.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did well to sensitize me and other community members to be aware of fraudsters. They also preached to people to spend the money peacefully. There is nothing that GiveDirectly did bad.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer for buying cows and goats that I paid to my inlaws as dowery for my wife. The balance was spent on food for hosting them.
1728300 UGX ($462 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I'm sleeping in an iron roofed house which makes my heart overflow with joy everyday. Previously, I slept in a leaking thatched house with no hope of building a permanent one because I lacked money.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer, I felt very happy. This is because I used to sleep in an old thatched house and never had money to build a better one.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to construct a two bedroom house. I had to to buy building materials like timber, a door, nails, iron sheets, bricks among others.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to build an iron roofed house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happiest in the evening when I am drinking with friends at the centre.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is poverty.
I am not in position to provide for my family the way I would really wish to.