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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
I have purchased construction materials and with these in place, I am hopeful that I will construct an iron roofed house come my second transfer. I am very grateful because it was my desire to construct a better house but was limited by the money.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
My life completely changed when I received the transfer from GiveDirectly, I was filled with happiness because I did not think that I would also construct an iron roofed house.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used my first transfer for purchasing 30 iron sheets, ring beam bars and wires, nails at UGX 1,600,000. I used 100,000 to buy clothes.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means building a better iron roofed house that is specious enough to accommodate me and my children. The house we sleep now has a leaky roof due to holes made by rats on it. There is a lot of inconvinience in renovating and when it rains at night hence causing discomfort during sleeping hours.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening. That is the time when I receive some customers who want to mend their clothes. I do some tailoring at home and customers come in the evening. This is the only opportunity I find in getting extra financial support hence I spend it on feeding and/or meeting daily needs.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I face in life is not having a better source of income. I rely on peasant farming and that leaves me with little income due to poor harvests and lot yields as a result of pests, diseases and bad weather conditions. This has rendered my household vulnerable to famine and diseases because, whatever I produce will be sold in order to meet household challenges like medication.