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Mathew's family
Subsistence farming
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660300 UGX ($441 USD)
access_time almost 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
I stay in a grass thatched hut which is difficult to renovate due to the scarcity of grass in our community. On completion of the construction of an iron roofed house which is in progress, left with fitting the door. My life is greatly going to improve when I shift in to my new house and I will be relieved from the burden of renovating my hut.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
In my opinion, GiveDirectly has done well to give me the financial help that I spent for constructing an iron roofed house. GiveDirectly has not done anything bad on my side.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer to purchase 5 bags of cement, timber, 10 pieces of iron sheets and paid construction workers. I also bought hens, utensils, food, clothes, gave my spouse UGX 50,000 for her treatment and saved UGX 150,000 that I intend use for buying pesticides for my crops.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
Every morning I wake up I feel happy because, when I glance at my new house in construction, I feel happy. Before, I used to walk for long distances to look for grass for thatching houses every year.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my first cash transfer, I felt happy because I would start constructing my permanent house that is specious enough for us to stay in.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first cash transfer worth UGX 1,290,000 for buying bricks, sand, iron sheets, I paid builders and feeding them while on the site. The balance of UGX 410,000, I intend to spend it on buying timber, cement and a door to fit on my new house.
access_time 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means, I shall be in position to build ironroofed house for my family.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is evening hours while Iam playing with my spouse.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is lack of enough farm land since my father has small portion to distribute among his children.