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1660300 UGX ($440 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Life is different in that I am happy to have built an iron sheet roofed house, because it has become difficult to find roofing grass every year, the bulls bought ease the work of ploughing gardens without spending money that would been the case when hiring oxen. Those were my major issues before I enrolled to receive these transfers.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well giving money directly that has enabled people in the village to build houses, acquire livestock, taxi motorcycles; and I don't see anything it hasn't done well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
My second transfer was spent to buy two bulls, hired cultivation land, bought household items like mattress, bedsheets, a solar, and completed building a house.
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My daily life greatest difference is having bought my wife a phone that enables us to freely communicate and seeing that my house looks nice and beautiful. This is because of the household items such as the new bed, matress, bedsheets, curtains and utensils that beautify it.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
When I recieved my money, I felt happy. Looking back, the happiness I felt then was because I knew that the poverty I was facing (lacking enough labor in terms farming, and timely feeding) was coming to an end as I planned to see that to it that I get bulls for ploughing.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer on buying two bulls (Ugx 1100000).
I also used some of my transfer to buy scholastic materials such as books, shoes, bag, uniform, food and pencils then take my child to school since she is just starting school this year.
I then bought some household items like beddings (Ugx 95000), utensils, clothes.
I then bought my wife a phone at Ugx 50000.
access_time 9 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money is a means of me getting enough money to buy more land for farming.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is morning when I get up well and to go work in my garden.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship which I face in my life is poverty.