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1660965 UGX ($440 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different now because I live peaceful in that I managed to complete the dowry of my spouse therefore I'm so proud of it since im no longer a laughing stock in the community. Nowadays I can plough with my own oxen and farm anytime I wish unlike before whereby I could beg for people to plough for me. These transfers have greatly impacted my life positively economically, socially and physologically. Prior to getting transfers my life was so difficult whereby I solely depended on causal work to take care of my family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done so many wonderful things in my life, first and foremost I did not have livestock but through these transfers I managed to get some. I hadn't completed the traditional marriage but when I got the transfers it helped me offset that debt. In addition to that GD senstized us and gave examples of how to spend money on depending on the most pressing needs. They also do follow up to ascertain if we received the money and how we spent the transfers. There's nothing wrong GD did in my community.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my transfer on buying livestock, feeding, medical and hiring farm land.
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I have been in position to own a bull that has eased my farming, previously I used to hire people's oxen that would be avaiable out off season for ploughing and I'm also relived from the debt burden that I had.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my money, I became very happy because I knew I was going to be relieved from the debt burden that I had.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer for purchasing a bull at UGX 1,200,000, hired 2 arces of land at UGX 200,000, paid off a debt at UGX 200,000 and UGX 100,000 I used for treating my mother in-law.
access_time 10 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money is a means of me buying ox-plough for helping my family to improve method of farming.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is always in the morning ,especially when i get up and greet my belove wife good morning and she tells me that she is fine.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship which I face in my life is poor method of farming ,which is caused by limited resources for buying them.