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1660965 UGX ($447 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is diferent in that I have started an income generating activity of raring poultry and making shoes. This business will keep me busy as I will be self employed. It will also help me to educate and create jobs for a few people in my community in the near future after it florishes hence, fulfilling my dream of helping some people who are unable to help themselves. Before getting transfers, I used to mend shoes and raising money to sustain my family was very difficult. I was a mere barber.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well by not leaving out anyone while enrolling and giving help. This is because I am a disabled person and to my surprise, I also got enrolled and benefited from it without any effort.
On the other hand, GiveDirectly has greatly pleased me at the way the carry out their activities.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer Ugx 380000 to start up a poultry and a shoe making business. Since I am a disabled person and can not do much, these businesses will help keep me employed and sustain my family.
I am saving up the rest of my transfer Ugx 1220000 as I plan to use it to expand my business in the near future.
1728300 UGX ($470 USD)
access_time 5 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that my business in now booming and my self esteem is now high. I had been overlooked by every body including government but GiveDirectly has elevated my status.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received I received my first cash transfer, I felt happy because being a lame person, I had gained self esteem.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent UGX 360,000 for stocking my business of shoes. The balance of UGX 1,340,000, I have kept it in order to use in the future to restock my business and cater for any emergencies.
access_time 7 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means investing in poultry rearing.
I also intend to use this money to boost my shoe making bussiness.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest part of the day usually comes whenever i see my shoe making bussiness customers.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
My biggest hardship is lack of money to invest in poultry and shoe making bussiness.