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1660300 UGX ($444 USD)
access_time 5 days ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life is now very bright because I dress decently and I feed well.
I am also a free man after clearing my old debts. This enabled me to secure my two pieces of farmland that I had mortgaged off.
Previously, life was very hard because I would move the whole village in search of manual jobs so as to clear my debts. This has changed because with the cash transfer I was able to execute my plans at once.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly does well to send people unconditional cash transfers.
Nevertheless, GiveDirectly has not done anything wrong.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to clear my debts and purchase household items like a bed, mattress and clothes.
1728300 UGX ($470 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that my health has now improved after getting adequate treatment. Before I received this cash transfer, my health was worrying due to inability to receive adequate treatment.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my first cash transfer, I felt happy because it would enable me to buy my animals for marrying.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent UGX 500,000 for buying a bull. I then spent UGX 160,000 on bedding. The balance of UGX 1,040,000, I spent it on food, clothes and treatment but I can not remember the exact amounts for each item.
access_time 5 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means I will be able to marry a wife and build a house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
I am happiest in the noon time when I have had a meal.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship that I am faced with is lack of money to take care of my needs.