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Kyosimba Onanya Women's Group
In this Group: Hadijah, Mary, Edward, Mary, Hasifah, Kasimu, Betty, Sirajje, Edith, Yusufu, Sam, Joelia
The saying, “a man’s downfall is not the end of his life,” befits Hadijah N., the chairperson of Kyosimba Onanya women’s group, which formed in Lugazi in 1997. Before starting her raw food selling business, Hadijah used to move on market trucks to sell new clothes for men, women and children at daily markets around Lugazi. Then robbers attacked her on her way back from work and left her with nothing. This scenario prompted her to enter her current business, which does not require so many movements. She buys sweet potatoes from farmers, packs them in sacks and takes them on a hired truck to Nakawa market for sale once a week on a Monday or Wednesday. She buys a bag of sweet potatoes at $15 and sells it at $35. She is widowed with four children and also cares for four grandchildren singlehandedly. Her dream is to see her children have a bright future after completing their education, and this keeps her going.

Additional Information

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Uganda

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 242
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    Uganda Loans Fundraising
  • $31,036,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,674.0
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Kyosimba Onanya Women's Group's $4,200 loan helped a member to buy more sweet potatoes to increase profits.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 18, 2008
Jun 2, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 19, 2008