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1686517 UGX ($459 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has greatly improved in that, I own livestock and a bicycle which I wouldn't be able to buy alone. In the past, I at times used to cultivate my crops out of season since I had to wait for other people's oxen to finish working for them. This in turn led to poor yields hence my family would starve due to food shortage. In addition, I didn't have a transport means for fetching water, taking my family members to seek medical attention and among others.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well in providing for me a better means of transport by giving me the money that I used for buying the bicycle. In my opinion, there is nothing bad that GiveDirectly has done.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to buy a bicycle worth UGX 220000, groundnut seeds at UGX 80000 and hired an acre of land at UGX 500000. I also paid a debt of UGX 265000, bought clothes and food for my family worth UGX 500000 and 65000 respectively.
1754517 UGX ($462 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life,is that now my family and I are happy because we sleep comfortably and changing diet.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the money,I became very happy.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have used spent my first transfer to purchase livestock (2 bulls and a cow) at 1,260,000ugx,household items (mattress,bed,plates,cups) at 222,000ugx,saved 40,000ugx with my SACCO group and I plan to give the balance to my wife to shop clothes for herself and the children.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be able to purchase oxen for ploughing and household items for my family
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when I realise I was able to meet the basic needs of my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is lack of household items especially bedings and this really perturbs my mind.