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1662250 UGX ($450 USD)
access_time 7 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
Currently I am delighted seeing that together with my husband we started a produce business that is supporting our family in many angles such as feeding, medication, fees for our children, among others. Prior to getting this transfer, my husband worked together with his father (selling veternary drugs) to support our family. This did not help much since he had to share the money with his father.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly has done well by bringing a smile on my face through the transfer that I got.
GiveDirectly has done nothing bad in my opinion.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to buy produce such as millet that I plan to use to start a business.
I then bought food stuffs to stock such as five bags of maize and one bag of cassava.
I also bought a bed, mattress, and clothes.
1730250 UGX ($470 USD)
access_time 10 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I'm happy because I have got the money for completing the construction of my house. Before, I couldn't finish it because I didn't have money.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the money in the phone, I felt too excited. It was my first time to receive such a gift of money.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I have used part of my first transfer to buy cement for plastering my house. I intend to spend the balance on more construction materials.
access_time 12 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will plaster my house because rats can enter and start digging holes in the floor. The balance of the money I will use it to purchase oxen. Right now we cannot dig a big portion in the garden because we use hand hoes and this has made us not to have enough food in the house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is Lunch time. It is the time that I chat with my family when they are all around.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is lack of oxen for ploughing since I cannot plough or dig a large piece of land using handhoe. People who have oxen hire them out for a fee.