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1661910 UGX ($453 USD)
access_time 1 month ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different in that I am happy to sleep under an iron sheet roofed house, and on top of that, I acquired household items and a cow. All this were not possible without GiveDirectly since nobody can give such an amount of money to a village person like me.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well giving me money that has enabled to build a simple iron sheet roofed house, acquire a cow, household items like a bed, mattress, bedsheets, utensils which was not possible without them. I don't see anything it hasn't done well in my opinion.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
My second transfer was used to buy a cow. I paid labour for heaping sweet potato garden, and the balance spent on feeding.
1730250 UGX ($460 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life is different in that, this transfer has enabled me to build my own permanent house. Currently, I still sleep in my co-wife's house because it is incomplete.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer, I felt very happy because I became sure of building my own permanent house and buy other things which I never had like utensils.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I bought food ( beans, sugar and meat) worth UGX 200,000, labour worth UGX 290,000 building materials( 4 trips of bricks, timber, iron sheets, Window, door and nails) worth UGX 1,010,000 and clothing/ household goods ( utensils ) worth UGX 55,000.
access_time 6 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money will enable me attain good medical attention, buy some household items and some cows for diary.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is the afternoon when am done with most of the home cores. Its the time I have finnished having lunch and resting.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced in my life is illness. I broke my hip joint at one point and it limits my input in agriculture which is my main source of income. I also have heart problems that I have not yet sought treatment because I lack money.