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1660300 UGX ($440 USD)
access_time 3 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
My life has changed now because I constructed an iron roofed house which has given us privacy. Previouly, we were sharing one hut with my six children. On top of that, It's roof could leak.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly did well to give me money that has raised my status. There is nothing the did bad.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second transfer for buying a mattress, bed, bedsheets, blanket, utensils, food, sand and cement. I paid school fees, constructors and saved UGX 500,000.
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time 6 months ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that, I have gained self esteem. My self esteem has been lifted from "a nobody" to some "body." I want to thank the family of GiveDirectly and the donor community for the support rendered.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my first cash transfer, I felt very happy because GiveDirectly gave money directly without any expense since they meet all costs of withdrawal. I have instead spent it more on building my house that I live in now.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent UGX 1350000 for buying building materials like bricks, iron sheets and timber. I paid school fees with UGX 150000 and feeding the family members. The balance of UGX 200,000, I have spent it on buying bedding like mattresses and a bed.
access_time 7 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
When i receive this money, i will first work on reducing congestion in my house by building an ironsheets house.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of my day is in the evening when i come back from work with some money to buy food for my family.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is lack of enough money to take care of my family like providing basic needs eg school fees, food, medical care etc.