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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest impact is that I feel much healthier and happier. I feel much lively as compared to the past. My neighbourhood is much hospitable and welcoming because we socialiase freely. In the past, life was very hard. At one point I thought the end of days were closeby. It was very difficult to afford anything tangible and even so I had no much farm land after I acquired a loan to pay for my sibbling's medical bills.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I woke up then suddenly I heard a message. At first I thought my phone battery was low but then I checked it out and noticed that I had received a message. It read that I had received money from GiveDirectly. I remember waking up and sitting on my bed till the sky was clear.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent UGX 700,000 to pay off a debt and UGX 1,000,000 was spent to purchase two bulls.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means regaining ownership of land that my father had mortgaged until payment of the money borrowed would would paid back. Currently, I own only an acre of farm land which I not enough to produce crops that will sustain the family.
In case of any balance, I will then purchase oxen that will support in animal traction in order to produce food in a timely manner. I keep on hiring oxen for ploughing which comes let hence delayed crop planting.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is after garden work when I am now resting. It makes me happy because I will be reluxing and waiting for a meal before going out to socialize with friends. Garden work makes me tired, not until when I am out of it will I be free and reluxed.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Inadequate land for crop cultivation is my biggest hardship. My father mortgaged land until such a time that, the money borrowed has to be paid before ownership in regained. I am surviving with my family on an acre of farm land which is not able to meet household needs.