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1662250 UGX ($454 USD)
access_time 4 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different now because I am delighted seeing that I managed to build my own permanent house. This is giving me a high status in the community compared to before (although still staying in a grass thatched house) when I people kept saying that I failed to build a permanet house yet I am a Manson.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion GiveDirectly has done well by giving me money that has enabled me to develop financially.
On the other hand, GiveDirectly has done nothing bad.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to buy more building materials such as timber, iron sheets, nails and paying labor that helped me to roof my house.
I spent part of my money to pay up a long term debt.
I then spent some to cater for my family needs like feeding.
1730250 UGX ($464 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
My daily life is different in that food is readily available at home and I will be having an iron sheet roofed house to sleep in. This brings happiness to me.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
That moment I received my money, I felt so happy because in my life time, I have never received such a lumpsum amount of money.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
My first transfer was spent to buy building materials such as bricks, sand, and cement to be used to construct an iron sheet roofed house. The balance that remained is being spent on feeding.
access_time 4 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means sleeping in a better iron roofed cheaper house that does not need renovation on yearly basis. The house I sleep in now is grass thatched and needs repair on daily basis which is costly for me to afford.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day is in the evening. That is because I will have finished my daily household chores and now reluxing with other community members in he nearby centre, socializing and sharing ideas.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Paying school fees is my biggest hardship. I have a child studying in primary four and I am not able to meet the needs and requirments of the school and my child. That leaves me limping due to inability to pay and my child does not study well in order to compete favourably with the rest of the children.