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1660300 UGX ($449 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has changed, I'm happy because I have constructed an iron house which is more safe. I'm hopeful of shifting to my new house before the rainy season begins . As of now I sleep in the grass thatched house with the open roof and in it rains, it leaks a lot.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly does well does well to help the poor by sending them the money. There is nothing they have done bad so far.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer for paying a debt of UGX 1,000,000. I bought a door at UGX170,000, cement UGX 84,000, clothes 135,000. Paying for labour at UGX 55,000. I saved UGX45,000 and spent the balance of UGX 1430,000 on purchase of food
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I now have a changed and /or improved standard of living because I have been relieved off the burden of looking for grass which had been costly year in, year out. I am happy and because I have been suffering from low self esteem but now lifted high.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my first cash transfer, I felt happy because I had received money that enabled me to construct a permenent house that I would live in since I used to stay in a grass thatched leaky house.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my cash transfer worth UGX 1,350,000 for buying bricks, cement, ventilators, sand and paying builders towards the construction of my permanent house. The balance of UGX 350,000, I have spent it on purchasing food for the family and spliting timber for roofing my house.
access_time 9 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be able to build an iron roofed house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the noon time when I am seated with other people.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is lack of money to meet the needs of the family.