Joice is a 33-year-old, married woman with six children between the ages of 2 and 15 years old. Three of her children are in school. Joice has operated a food stall business in Buluk, South Sudan for five years.
Joice requested a loan through Kiva partner BRAC South Sudan to purchase bread, tomatoes, and onions for her food stall. She will use the extra income she earns as a result of the loan to pay her children's school fees.
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.