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Norah's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660300 UGX ($440 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
With the GiveDirectly cash transfers I was able to reclaim and more land for commercial farming. I am hoping to construct a permanent house after harvesting my food crops. Previously, I did not have money to enable me reclaim my farmland that was attached to a loan.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly does well to send poor households cash transfers. Many households have been uplifted from abject poverty to a sustainable level.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I purchased livestock with part of the second cash transfer. The balance was spent on hiring a piece of farm land.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life is currently different because I have acquired Livestock like goats and sheep which I did not own before. I have also repossessed the land which I'm going to plant my cassava. In the post, I had no gardens to plant my crops.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was at 3.00am when I heard my phone ring. I just looked at It because I could not operate it. I requested my son to check the phone. On checking, he found out that I had received my transfer from GiveDirectly. I felt very happy because that money was going to help me clear the debt and get what I did not have like goats,mattress and utensils.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have spent my first transfer to clear the debt which I had got for paying school fees worth UGX 1,000,000, paid school for my 4 children worth UGX 300,000, bought Livestock worth UGX 260,000, household goods (utensils,mattress). The recipient could not estimate how much she spent on household items.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to retriev the piece of land that was leased, build a better house, buy atleast a bull that can help in my cultivation activity.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I have had a meal.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is inadequacy of land for cultivation.