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Merab's family
Merab
landscapeCountry:
uganda
workOccupation:
Subsistence farming
faceAge:
27
workCampaign
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1661910 UGX ($450 USD)
access_time 8 days ago
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How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is much different in that we are now sleeping under a permanent house. This is an achievement that would not have been possible because we did not have money. Prior to receiving the cash transfers, I was living in a small thatched house which was expensive to maintain annually.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly does well to help the needy. There is no other charity organization that does what GiveDirectly does. GiveDirectly does not segregate people. They are not partisan.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent all the cash transfer to complete the construction of a two roomed house.
 
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($458 USD)
access_time 2 months ago
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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is better feeding, dressing, and I feel settled and at peace after my spouse married me officially.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
That moment I received my money, I felt so happy because to receive such an amount of money from a stranger at time u need it most is a blessing.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
My first transfer was spent to buy a cow, three goats, food that used to marry me, and the balance bought clothes and utensils.
 
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access_time 4 months ago
 
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My plan is to build ironroofed house for my family since it's so challenging to get thatching grass as roofing material.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is evening hours as i rest waiting to sleep, I do chat with my children.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face currently is lack of money for buying oxen and ox-plough that can help in cultivation.