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Usala's family
Casual labor
Malawi Large Transfers
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
60000 MWK ($58 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
no i didn't have any..the things that i planned before receiving the money are the things i did
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
i think that GD should continue this path that it's own and shouldn't change but rather improve on what they do already by reaching out to other people in need
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
i bought timber for my house and also used the other money to rebuild it by buying things like bricks, paying for labour and also cement
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
120000 MWK ($117 USD)
access_time 2 years ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was overjoyed when I recieved this money. This money meant that a new beginning was possible to me and my family. Our home was etirely destroyed in the past cyclone storm. Many of our belongings were damaged and washed away in the rains. My family and I sought shelter in a room in a relative's house. However our rest was temporary as this relative asked us to leave to make room for her son who was coming from Ntcheu district. We were able to rent a house near our old one for K3000/ month. This was difficult for us as my wife and I are both wage labourers and at times, we both go days on end without finding work. This money has made it possible for me regain my home and my brick oven will soon be ready to begin the building of our house.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life has been the prospect of a better house than before. I initially had a mud house but now I am aiming for a brick-house. By far it is going well and I should be able to finish this house within the year. I have been able to buy a brick oven that is almost ready. My life is indeed better now as me and my wife have never had money so easily before and our young child has food to eat. We intend to use this money in a memorable way, we cannot waste it.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I have spent most of my transfer on re-building my house. After the past cyclone Ana disaster, all I want is to have my own home again. I have been able to buy materials and labour to make a brick oven as well as wood for my house. I am also collecting household items such as utensils and clothing, the future looks bright for me and my family. We have a young child so we have spent part of the transfer on buying maize for food which has eased our minds because for the next few months we know that our child will have food. I would not have been able to do all this without the transfer, I am grateful for GiveDirectly's work in my village, many of us were stranded after the cyclone destroyed our possessions.
access_time over 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
I will be greatful if i receive this money. I will use it to rebuild my house and start a business. I will be very grateful and happy.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Nothing has happened that has brought mw joy execept hearing that there is aid being provided for those that were affectwd by the weather.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
Due to the heavy rains and winds, i do not have a proper house to live in. This is the main challenge i am facing.