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Matilida's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1661910 UGX ($451 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Life is different in that I have happiness because of the cows and household items acquired. The cows will provide money when sold incase of a need. Before, my life was a misery because I had no where to get money to buy items needed, only remained wishing within myself. But I thank God for bringing GiveDirectly to us.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well giving money directly that has enabled me to acquire livestock. In addition, it gives people advice on how to secure the transfer once it has reached your phone. There's nothing it hasn't done well in my opinion.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
My second transfer was spent to buy a cow, a mattress, and food. I also bought cement and sand to plaster my house, and the balance is saved.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($462 USD)
access_time over 4 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that I have acquired an ox that has made it possible for the ploughing of my farm land. This will increase my crop cultivation. Before receiving the cash transfer, I had only one ox that could not do much. I am very happy that I can now cultivate my farm lands easily.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was woken up by a message ringtone at night. I was able to see the cash transfer amount but could not confirm if it was from GiveDirectly. However, I gave my grandson to read it for me after seven days. At that moment I became happy because I was going to buy an ox.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first cash transfer to purchase an ox worth UGX 850000 and utensils worth UGX 130000. I bought clothes worth UGX 103000. I also cleared medical bills worth UGX 300000. The balance of the cash transfer was given to my four children to support their families.
access_time over 4 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to buy oxen to support my cultivation activity, a cow for milk and some household items.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when my children come to be with me. 'They make me lough'
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is sickness. I am sick most of the time and as such, the little money that I get is all spent on medical bills.