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Mar 31st 2017 by GiveDirectly • 10 Questions • 202 Points
Hi Reddit, we are Betty Akello, Betty Auma, and Charles Omagur. All three of us are from villages in rural Uganda and all three of us have received a direct cash grant from GiveDirectly of $1,000, no strings attached, sent in three payments.
GiveDirectly called us, after randomly choosing us from among tens of thousands of recipients, and we have each volunteered to share our stories. Our answers are being translated by GiveDirectly staff members Noah and Theodora. Here’s a bit more about us:
Betty Akello -- I’m 31 years old, and I live with my husband Wilson, aged 35, in Olwa village. We have six children, three boys and three girls. We received our first token payment in April 2016, which we used to buy household items like bedding, and three piglets. We used our first and second lump sum to buy land that cost 2.5M UGX and the remaining was used to pay school fees and scholastic materials for our children. Our future plan is to expand our farm activities and build a house in the plot of land we bought.
Betty Aumo -- I’m 23 years old, and I live with my husband Peter, aged 32, in the Magara village. We used our first transfer to purchase home items like beddings and paid for medical bills. We used our second and final transfer to build an iron-roofed house, a cow for milk production, and better quality seeds for their garden. We are looking forward to earning income from the cow we bought through sale of milk. Our future plan is to buy more cows and be able to supply milk in the community.
Charles Omagor -- I’m 30 years old, and I live with my wife Elizabeth, aged 24, in Kaleu village. We have four children, three boys and one daughter. With our token transfer, we renovated the roof of our grass-thatched house that was leaking, and constructed a second one With our first and second lump sum transfer, we bought four cows and opened up a retail shop in our trading center where we earn an income. We also bought a small piece of land in the center where we plan to construct a rent house. My future plan is to engage in commercial agriculture and educate all my children.
EDIT: We've wrapped up for now. Feel free to shoot us any further quesitons at [email protected]
What have been the impacts of other nonprofits to your villages in the past?
Charles: I have not received any donations from any other NGOs except for the nets given out by the government which have helped us.
Thank you for answering my questions, I really appreciate hearing about your experiences!
Charles: I was so happy, I was overjoyed to learn that I was going to be a recipient of these transfers.
Another question from Jon David Lutz on facebook: "Any plans to for solar electricity, m-Kopa?"
Charles: It would be a good idea because when I build my iron roofed house. I would like to have light in it and solar is a very good idea. I have heard about M-Kopa and when I have money I will go to them to buy solar materials.