A loan of $2,700 helped a member to purchase more stock for resale.

Ihuriro Women's Group, Ntungamo's story

Very hardworking M. Jowelia has been operating a produce-sales business from Ihuriro cell, Ntungamo, for a period of nine years. Looking back, this happily married mother of six children recalls how her business flourished at the start.

Times have changed, however, as the business now is showing diminishing returns due to hard financial times. Jowelia now makes 120,000 Ugandan shillings in a month. This is in contrast to what she was making at the beginning.

There is always a story associated with people in western Uganda who, despite laboring under such tough times, find a way of educating their children. Jowelia is no exception to this. She has not given up despite this and it’s partly the reason why she is still in business.

What Jowelia is looking forward to now is the prospect of enhancing her business by buying more maize, beans, rice, millet, cassava and other crops with the assistance of this loan. This will help improve her revenue and also put her in a better position to pay her children’s school dues in the future.

In this group: Jowelia, Jane, Nuliat, Adam, Hanifa, Jalia, Hajj, Ayubu, Hanifa, Annet, Janet, Aisha, Mohammed, Elias, Issa, Mohammed*, Aisha, Beatrice
*not pictured

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