Suzan D. is currently in the business of selling local bread such as mandasi (a doughnut-like pastry), legemat (fried sweet puffs, like doughnut holes) and gelbia Sudanese, and is requesting a loan to stock more baking flour and cooking oil to sell. Suzan is 44 years old and is married to a peasant. She has four children and her children go to school. With the extra profits from her loan, she hopes to be able to build up a restaurant.
About BRAC South Sudan
BRAC's holistic approach to poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor encompasses a range of core programs in economic and social development, health, education, and human rights and legal services which are delivered through an extensive network of village organizations. BRAC has become one of the world's largest NGOs as a measured by the scale and diversity of its interventions.
In 2007, BRAC started operations in Southern Sudan. The microfinance program, which is targeted towards returning war refugees, has already formed 418 village organizations with more than 14,000 women members.