GDLive Newsfeed
We check in with people at each stage of the cash transfer process to see how things are going. Take a look at some of their stories as they appear here in real-time. Learn more about how recipients opt in to share their stories.
to follow someone and stay updated on their journey with GiveDirectly.

Want to hear more updates from recipients? Click below to follow 10!

Newsfeed > Emmanuel's Profile
Emmanuel's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
There will be no further updates from this completed recipient.
2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
843078 UGX ($224 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is different than if I had not received this cash transfer in that, my living standard had improved. Before, I used to sleep in a two inch mattress.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, Give Directly has done well by supporting poor people through unconditional cash transfer. I do not see what they had not done well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
When I reeived my cash transfer worth 815,000ugx, I paid off a debt of 360,000ugx which I had borrowed for treatment. I paid another debt of 250,000ugx that was borrowed by my father. I then bought four saucepans at 45,000ugx, transport costed 26,000ugx, I repaired my radio at 50,000ugx. I started a small scale business of 50,000ugx and the balance of 34,000ugx, I used for feeding.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1754517 UGX ($476 USD)
access_time 8 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in daily life is that I now sleep well on a good bed, am happy and through the business I started am able to get some profit which is developing my family.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received the transfer I felt happy because this money was going to improve my life.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer for buying household items (bed, mattress, curtains, bedsheets).I also bought a Music system at 1,160,000ugx and started bussines of selling waragi. The balance am spending on food.
access_time 8 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this Money means I will be in position to buy household items like utensils and beddings
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the morning hours when I have woken up in good health condition and everyone in my family are healthier
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face in my life is lack of enough farm land which has limited my capabilities to succeed in terms of getting money to support my family's basic needs