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Michael's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660965 UGX ($447 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different now in that, I have been in position to own livestock which I could not have bought on my own had I not received transfer for GiveDirectly. I did not have any source of income which could have enabled me acquire all these livestock at once because I have in total five livestock. These transfer have improved my standards of living because I now have new household items that's to say, mattress and clothes Therefore I sleep and dress well. Prior, To getting these transfers I didn't have enogh clothes and I used to sleep on a very old mattress. Secondly, People used to laugh at me because at my age I did not have livestock of my own.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly in my view, Has transformed my life to a great extent. Previously I did not own livestock but I managed to acquire them using GiveDirectly's cash transfers.In my community, I have noticed that most people used these transfers to construct houses, start up businesses, buy livestock, pay fees for their children and acquire household items. According to me, GiveDirectly did everything well because all households benefited from the program as long as they met selection criteria.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent one million (1000000) on purchasing livestock. I saved five hundred thousand (500000) for future use and I used ugx 133000 for buying household items.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1754517 UGX ($467 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is happiness.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my money, I felt happy because I could believe it has happened.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to hire cultivation land for one year, helped me construct a latrine, bought household items like shoes, bedsheets, a mattress, and saved some to top up and buy land.
access_time 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means, I will be in position to get a wife for myself and pay dowary.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoons when I have eaten some food
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship in my life is when my father chased my sister and I from his home and we even did not have where to start a living from