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Mary's family
Mary
landscapeCountry:
uganda
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
41
workCampaign
Eastern Uganda
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3rd Payment
Transfer Amount
1449800 UGX ($404 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
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What did you spend your third transfer on?
I spent my third transfer on cementing and plastering my house that I constructed with the second transfer. I also bought goats for rearing as an investment.
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I would still be living in a small house with my children and, my spouse would've died of the kidney failure because we couldn't afford medical treatment however my life is different because with the transfers i received, my husband received medical attention and his health was restored and I also constructed a bigger house for my family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
By not dictating how each of us should use the money and letting us decide how to spend it, GD does well.
 
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1519800 UGX ($423 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used my second transfer to construct a four room house because i was sleeping in a two room house and wanted a bigger one for privacy
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is being able to build a bigger house for the family
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
405775 UGX ($113 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
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What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying timber and bricks to build a better house with three bedrooms when the second lot of money comes and leave the grass thutched house.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment when I received my money i felt really excited to have gone through and I woke my husband up and told him about the money. We lay our plans there and then and implemented them the next day.
 
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access_time over 2 years ago
 
What are you planning to spend your transfer on?
I am planning to spend my transfer on completing my house and also buy livestock like cows.
What is the achievement you are proudest of?
The achievement I am proudest of are my goats because they act as security in case of anything.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is digging and not getting anything out of it for sale apart from for eating. This has not done me well because i invest in alot but all in vain.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I have some money to feed my family the following day.