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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My daily life's biggest difference is having bought mattresses and bed sheets that are now giving me a peaceful and comfortable night sleep. Prior to getting this money, I used to sleep on a very small old mattress that made me uncomfortable all through the night. My children as well slept on pieces sacks with much discomfort as ants bit them throughout the night.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my money, I felt extremely happy! This money would now help me get back my land to improve and increase farm produce.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer Ugx 1000000 to get back land that had been given out in exchange for money for my treatment at the time I was operated.
I then bought some household items such as two mattresses, a pair of bedsheets, utensils and feeding my family.
I partiality bought some two trips of bricks, and ten iron sheets. I plan to use this for building using my next transfer.
access_time 8 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My plan is to spend the money for building iron-roofed house. I currently almost sleep out because my grass thatched house leaks alot since it's grass is roaten. When it rains suffer under coldness and miss sleep and this affects my health. I will have a better shelter after bulding with Givedirectly money. My household members will no longer have aburden of sleepless nights under coldness.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is afternoon hours. I feel stressed a lot but only able to put a smile on my face after eating food during lunch time. My enzymes relax and I feel better.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is food shortages. I was left as a widow with only a plot to stay, so I really donot have where to cultivate. This means that I rely on causal labour which does fetch enough to sustain my household needs.