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1661910 UGX ($450 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that I now have livestock, making it a little easier, because the bulls help me to plough gardens and the cows to generate money when sold. Before, without the bulls, garden work would be done late or take a longer time to complete, and I had no asset to sell when money crisis hits me.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well giving money that has enabled people to build permanent houses, acquire livestock, household items, land, hence improving our livelihood in the village. In addition, this organization is so honest in its work, for instance what they say is exactly what happens. 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 and a bull, paid labour for weeding groudnuts and maize. There's small balance remaining to take of feeding.
1728300 UGX ($462 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is seeing that I own cattle that is inform of my investment. As planned, when they calf I will sell off some of the calves and either get myself another wife or start up a business to sustain my family. Secondly, my repaired bicycle is aiding me in transportation since I can now go places without spending money.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I felt so delighted on receiving my money. At that moment I was sure that some of my financial needs would be covered.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent first transfer to buy a bull at Ugx 900000, two cows at Ugx 700000 as an investment for my marriage or starting up a personal business which ever comes first then.
I then used the balance to run some errands at home such as repair my bicycle, funeral rites contribution and feeding my family since my first wife left me with two children.
access_time 5 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be able to build an iron roofed house and if any balance is realised, I will startup some small business to support myself.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening after a days work and I feel I have some accomplishments.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I am facing is lack of oxen and money for renting land for agriculture. I also have a challenge of thatching grass.