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1662250 UGX ($449 USD)
access_time 12 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
There is an evident different in my life ever since I received the cash transfer. I was able to clear old debts thus repossessing my farm land. I am glad that I also acquired construction marerials and I am in the process of making bricks. In addition to this, I paid my wife's dowry.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly does well to uplift the vulnerable through giving them cash transfers. I do not see anything that they have not done well so far.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I bought iron sheet, cement and timber. I bought one cow and spent the balance on clearing an old debt.
1730250 UGX ($468 USD)
access_time 4 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
This financial support has enabled repossess my piece of land that had been taken my the money lender. Furthermore, I have acquired a cow that will help me in the near future to pay bride price for my wife to be. Before receiving this transfer, I had no hope of getting back my piece of land because I didn't have enough money to settle the debt I had.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my money from GiveDirectly, I became very happy because I had got the money to pay off the debt and I would be in position to repossess my piece of land.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to pay off a debt at UGX 775,000, bought a cow at UGX 385,000, a mattress at UGX 115,000, utensils at UGX 20,000 and transport at UGX 2,000. I have not yet spent UGX 403,000 but I intend to spend it to purchase bricks for constructing a permanent house.
access_time 5 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will mean sleeping in an iron roofed house and little stress of looking for grass for thatching. I am currently sleeping in a grass thatched house made of blocks which is expensive to maintain.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happy in the evening because I will be socializing with them and feel stress free. I stay a lone in my household and it's a lonely experience that is not good for youths like me.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The main hardship that I face is lack of a secure source of income that will enable me to fulfil my heart desires. I survive through repairing radios which comes once in a while.