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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My life is good now, my health has generally improved because I feed well and on time. I have also got energy and I am able to farm . Being, an HIV postive patient, life was not easy before I received the transfers. I was sickly with inadequate medical attension. I was not able to feed well due to lack of money. I thank GiveDirectly for giving me better life again.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer, I became happy. Much as I was sick, this money made me feel better because I got the money to buy food and this would help me follow the doctors advise of feeding well.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used my first transfer for paying debts worth UGX 900, 000. I spent the balance of the money for renovating my house and buying a bed, a mattress, bed sheets and utensils.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means sleeping in a fully furnished house. I will renovate my house which has a low roof, plaster it and make it decent such that it will look specious enough. I am single and it is very inconviniencing to look for grass every year. I therefore prefer to renovate my house that can accommodate me and improve on my living standards.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is at around mid day after carrying out garden work. I shower and go to the nearby center to socialize with other people. That gives me hope because I stay a lone in my household and that makes me lonely. Meeting friends and neighbours is relief enough of the boardom.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is shortage of land for crop cultivation. Most of my land was mortgaged by my brothers when I fell sick. It coated a lot of money that they could not bare the burden alone. I have only remained with one acre of farm land which is not able to provide better yields to support my family.