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Hellen's family
Motorcycle or bicycle taxi
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660965 UGX ($446 USD)
access_time over 2 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is better now because I constructed a spacious iron roofed house. With the bicycle I bought transportation is now easy. I now use solar light and my children dress well. Previously, I slept in a grass thatched house which could leak whenever it rained heavily. I moved on foot for longer distances and some times while carrying the children especially if am talking them to hospital. I also spent more on buying dry cells for my torch or enter my house in darkeness when I could not afford.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
According to me GiveDirectly did well to give me unconditional transfers directly. This enabled me to do many things that I could not do before. Every thing is good and there is nothing that went wrong.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer for buying construction materials ( 3 trips of bricks,timber, nails 13 iron sheets, sand, a door and 2 windows) that I used for completing house construction. I purchased food, bicycle and paid for labour.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time almost 3 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily lif is that, I can eat all the meals of the day and meet most of my daily needs.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the message of the money, I felt very excited because I had never recieved such a huge amount of money at once.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have spent my first transfer to commencing the construction of my permanent house. I also bought households, food and hired an acre of land for agriculture.
access_time 3 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
When i receive this money, i will put up an ironsheets house that can accommodate our family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning when we as a family wake up healthy.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship i have faced is luck of money to maintain the family's day to day needs.