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Daniel's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660300 UGX ($443 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 is better now in many different ways like I feed on a well balanced diet, I sleep in a iron roofed house which doesn't leak and on a new mattress. I managed to accomplish my house that stayed for a very long period of time because I lacked money to finish it. Prior to getting this money, I slept it a grass thatched leaky house which harbored rats that damaged my property, the thatch itself and urinated on me. in addition to that I faced a big challenge of looking for grass which is very scarce and buying is very expensive.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
According to me, GD has done an amazing job I never imagined could come to reality and for sure it seems I'm leaving in a dream. Just imagine getting money unconditionally and decide on what to use without any restrictions OMG. This initiative of non restriction has enabled me utilize these transfers accordingly to my pressing needs. In my society, beneficiaries have spent these transfers on building houses, hire farm land, purchase livestock and started businesses like small trading and bodaboda therefore there's a lot of development in the community. In my observation, I have not seen anything wrong done by GD.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I used my second transfer on purchasing livestock, Household items, water drams, feeding and saved part for taking care of my sickly spouse.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The significant difference in my daily life is that I am now having peace of mind because I renovated my house and it is now very conducive to stay in. Previously, I used to stay in a grass thatched house which had so many rats that would make a lot of noise at night hence making it uncomfortable.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
That minute when I realized that I had received my first cash transfer, I felt excited. I sat down with my spouse and started budgeting on how to spend it.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first cash transfer worth UGX 1,700,000 for renovating my house. I was able to buy cement, sand, murrum soil, three doors, three windows, paying for labour and feeding the builders during work.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be able to complete the construction of my house, buy some livestock and household items.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the noon time when I am playing with my grandchildren.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is inadequacy of money to meet the needs of my family.