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1662250 UGX ($450 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has been transformed for the best. I acquired tangible items that I did not own my entire life. I feel much happier and composed because I now own basic household items such as a solar lighting system. Previously, we had to use a small torch for lighting at night. This was inadequate and costly to maintain.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly does well to send people cash transfers to spend the way they want. I also observed that they sensitize all the people on how to spend their cash transfers. Secondly,the GiveDirectly staff implored families to be united and spend their cash transfers jointly.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
The second cash transfer was spent on purchasing an oxplough, a bicycle. Part of the cash transfer was spent on paying an old debt. The balance of the cash transfer was spent on purchasing more household items such as a solar panel and battery, a radio.
1730250 UGX ($468 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I'm so proud and happy daily because I have managed to achieve so many things which took me a very long time to achieve. for example my children sleep well on good beddings and we now have enough utensils to serve food unlike before whereby two or three people could share food served in one plate. In addition to that I will have food security in my home because I can now plough in time when rains return unlike before when I could hire labor which at times could to take so long to be delivered since people prioritise their gardens first.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I became so happy the moment I received a MOMO notification in my phone to extent that I danced, ululated and praised God for such an amazing blessing.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my transfer on purchasing household items like beddings, clothings and utensils which I lacked. I also bought a bull for ploughing because I used to hire labour which was so expensive.
access_time over 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I intend to first make my children look smart by buying for them clothes and beddings with the transfers. My children are suffering a lot since Iam very poor in aploygamous life. Iam un able to provide with basic needs hence some of them are failling to attend school, this may affect thier futures.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My children excite me in the afternoon hours after a meal. Iam able to share stories and Ideas with the since they are satisfied.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is poverty. My spouse does not balance providing basic needs lake paying fees ,good food ,clothing and shelter for my children. Iam also unable to do so since I lack any source of earning. I therefore see disasterous future for my children.