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1661910 UGX ($450 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 in that, I have been in position to renovate my house and to construct an iron roofed house for my son currently left with fitting doors and windows. In addition, I was able to acquire house hold items (big saucepan, 2 water drums, a matress and beddings). Before receiving this transfer, I didn't have hope of renovating my house and acquire the items I am now having because the little money I got was spent for buying food.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly did well to give me money that enabled me buy house hold items like a big saucepan, 2 big water drums and renovate my house. GiveDirectly has only done good to me.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to purchase 25 pieces of iron, timber, cement and paying construction workers. I have not yet spent UGX 200,000 but I am planning to spend it to purchase cement and bricks.
1728300 UGX ($462 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life has changed because I can now easily afford to put food on the table for my children. Previously, I had to work hard in order to get something.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received money from GiveDirectly, I felt very happy because I had never held such an amount of money in my life.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have spent my first transfer on purchasing building materials ( 4 trips of bricks, 2 trips of sand, tools) worth UGX 860,000, transport worth UGX 350,000, bought household goods (2 pairs of bed sheets, utensils) worth UGX 118,000 and school fees 40,000. However the recipient spent on food but could not estimate the amount. There is a balance of UGX 200,000 which I'm planning to spend on labour.
access_time 7 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will enable me expand my agricultural land because I will part of the money to hire more land and buy some cows.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the afternoon after having lunch and we are resting.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is the challenge of paying school fees for my children and providing basic needs.