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1660300 UGX ($449 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The biggest change in my life is that, I live a comfortable life because I have enough bedding. Prior to this, I owned one bed sheet that I had to wash during day and use it at night. Besides, when visitors come a round, I did not have enough bedsheets to give them.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well through picking up a majority of us from nothing to something. I did not have a cow but now I own one. neither did I own a permanent house but now I own one. I do not see gaps in their operations.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second cash transfer for buying cement, bricks, sand and paying labour for the builders towards construction of my house. I paid school fees for my child who is in secondary education. I bought a heifer to act as my family's investments. I then bought a mattress, bedsheets, utensils and clothes for my household.
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I constructed a two roomed iron roofed house. This is something that we have always thought of owning but could not due to lack of money.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I received the money I became very happy because in our plans this money would enable us construct a house and take care of our family.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent UGX700,000 to purchase a music system for my bar business and UGX350,000 to buy bricks. I bought iron sheets worth UGX161,000. I paid the builders UGX250,000. I bought bedding worth UGX115,000 and the remaining money was spent on food and transport.
access_time 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means i will build a permanent house for my family and the balance i will buy some cattle for ploughing.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of my day is in the morning when I wake up healthy for my daily works.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggiest hardship in my life is lack of enough support for sustaining my family welfare since I own very little land.