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1662250 UGX ($450 USD)
access_time 2 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has tremendously improved in that, I have built an iron roofed house. In the past, I slept under a leaking thatched house which made my children susceptible to illness due to harsh conditions they were exposed to. In addition, I bought an ox plough which enables me plough my farmland on time as opposed to the past when I had to wait other people to finish before I'm given opportunity to plough as well. This has ensured food security in my family.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done me good by improving my standard of living by giving the cash I used for buying most of the needs I lacked. On the other hand, there is nothing bad that it has done.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used my second transfer to buy an ox plough, chains, bicycle and paid back loan. I also bought household items like utensils, chairs, bed and clothes. With this very transfer, I cultivated one acre of beans and paid my children's school fees and scholastic materials.
1730250 UGX ($464 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My daily life is different because I am happy my children go to school, and sleep better with a mattress which was not the case before.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
That moment I received my money, I was so excited because I have never held such an amount of money.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to buy sand and cement to plaster my house. Then I bought a few household items like mattress, bedsheets, furniture, and school uniforms and books for the children.
access_time 3 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My family depends mainly on subsistence farming as a source of earning . Getting this money means I will be in position to buy oxen and ox-plough for cultivation purposes. This will enable my family carry out earlier planting , hence an increase in food production.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My favourite part of the day is evening hours. I share a meal with My family members and Iam energized in creating more better plans of sustaining them.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is lack of enough money. My family leaves in absolute poverty since I do depend on farming as a main income generatiing activity. This is always very season and requires earlier planting which my family can not afford due to lack of money.