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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that I am relaxed, happy and feeling good because I have my own money. I managed to settled the debt that I had and I now have household items(utensils, bed sheets) which I bought with the GiveDirectly transfers. Before I got the transfers, I had pressure from the money lender and there was no peace at all.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I became very happy when I received the money on my phone, It was such a good feeling for me to receive much money.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I used my first transfer for buying food,household items (kitchen utensils, bed sheets and a radio) I paid a debt of UGX 200,000, saved UGX 100,000 and lent my mother UGX 1,000,000 for completing her house. She will pay back this money after getting her second transfer.
access_time 10 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My plan is to build iron-roofed house with this money. This will help me save the money I spend in looking for thach grass each year. The money saved I can use for managing the demands of my family like better feeding ,education and providing good medical care where need be.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My happiest moments is always evening hours. The whole day I do ride motorcycle as source of earning and my children are so lonely at home since their mother abandoned us. Iam much more relax and feel comfortable while chatting in the evening with them.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I face is lack of income generating activity. Iam so poor and being single handed I depend on casual labour as ameans of survival. This has proved very challenging where by what I earn from casual labour can not meet the needs of my family. My children do not get balance diet in their meals hence has resulted to poor health growth.