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We check in with people at each stage of the cash transfer process to see how things are going. Take a look at some of their stories as they appear here in real-time. Learn more about how recipients opt in to share their stories.
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Charo's family
access_time 1 month ago
Charo received a $514 initial payment.
"I spent part of my first transfer on buying some building materials such as iron sheets, building poles, nails, timber, and threads. This was purposely for the construction of a new house becasue the previous one was just a temporary hut with a leaky roof. The remaining amount of money, I bought enough foodstuffs for my family and some other household items that I was lacking."
Zawadi's family
access_time 1 month ago
Zawadi received a $514 initial payment.
"Before the coming of GiveDirectly, I was sleeping under a small hut with a leaking roof especially during the rainy seasons. This has been the toughest time and my family and we had to seek shelter from our neighbors which were so hectic. In had really been spring to have a decent house but I lack enough finances to construct one nor to repair the roof. Therefore, having my own semi-permanent spacious house has brought the biggest difference in my daily life since I no longer have to worry about the rains."
Wesley's family
access_time 1 month ago
Wesley received a $517 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that with the construction of a new house, my home is now comfortable as compared to before. One added advantage is that with the iron sheet roof, I am now in a position to harvest clean rain water for my family use hence no more hassle to walk long distance in search of water"
Mercy's family
access_time 1 month ago
Mercy received a $517 initial payment.
"Owning a decent home is the biggest difference in my life. I never imagine that one day I will live in a iron sheet roofed house. I no longer shy away inviting visitors in my house and the new house has also given me some privacy since I have separate rooms for kitchen, sitting room and bedroom. Besides, since in my community we really value livestock, I am happy because I am a proud owner of one"
John's family
access_time 2 months ago
John received a $463 initial payment.
"I spent part of my transfer Ugx 720000 to buy two trips of bricks, one bag of cement, roofing poles, thatching grass, paying labour that helped me to build my house. This is because I wanted to be independent. I then spent another part of my transfer to buy two cows at Ugx 870000. I spent the balance on feeding my family."
Kadzo's family
access_time 2 months ago
Kadzo received a $517 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that I now have a spacious iron-roofed house that I have managed to put up after receiving this transfer. I have always been dreaming o constructing one for so many years but I could not afford it. I am now very proud since the previous one was a very small grass-thatched house that made my family so uncomfortable and some the children could seek shelter from their friends. I am so happy now because finally, I am living with all my family members courtesy of GiveDirectly."
Joseph's family
access_time 2 months ago
Joseph received a $464 initial payment.
"I spent my first transfer to get back my farm land at Ugx 1000000 I then bought iron sheets that I used to roof my house that I had built but failed to get money to roof it. I also bought a bed, three mattress, three pairs of bed sheets, a goat and stocked food to feed my family. I then build another grass thatched house that would accommodate my children and other visitors."
Ramazan's family
access_time 2 months ago
Ramazan received a $464 initial payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is the fact that I will be able to have my permanent house. This will relieve me from the issue of always buying grass expensively to annually renovate the roof that leaks."
Mariam's family
access_time 2 months ago
Mariam received a $517 initial payment.
"For all those years I have been living in a small hut with a leaky roof. Whenever it rained it made me sleeping very uncomfortable because pf the holes which were all over the walls and sometimes being attacked by some insects. In addition, my children were often exploded to diseases becasue of the moisture and cold. This was so hectic, apart from that my children who are still students could not do their school assignments becasue the house was not spacious. Therefore the biggest difference in my daily life is the fact that I am now living comfortable in a semi-permanent spacious house which is well plastered. I no longer have to worry about the rains and my children can their assignments without ant interferences."
Mildred's family
access_time 2 months ago
Mildred received a $28 initial payment.
"Had I not received the money, my family members would have been thrown out of the house in the cold by the landlord because I already owed him two month's arrears at the time when I received the money. In as much as I still face challenges in meeting the household needs, I'm grateful that I was able to pay the house rent and we currently have a roof over our heads. This is how different my life is."
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