Lilian is 34 years-old and lives in the town of Mbarara in the Mbarara region of Uganda. She is married and has one child who is currently in school. For the past 10 years, Lilian has been working hard to manage her retail shop, which sells sugar, salt and cooking oil.
To help expand her business, Lilian has requested a loan of 2000,000 Ugandan Shillings from Kiva partner BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to increase the availability of essential commodities such as milk, cooking oil, sugar and salt in order to attract more customers. This will help Lilian to generate greater profits, improve her business and add other different products. Lilian hopes that in the future she will be able to expand business into a larger scale.
Lilian is a member of BRAC's Small Enterprise Program (SEP). The program primarily serves small entrepreneurs like Lilian who do not have enough collateral for commercial loans, but have businesses that have grown too large for microloans.
About BRAC Uganda
This loan is administered by BRAC Uganda, a registered non-governmental organization (NGO) in Uganda that is also a part of the BRAC international network. BRAC Uganda attempts to address poverty through a holistic model, offering programs in education, health, water & sanitation, agriculture, and microfinance. BRAC Uganda’s microfinance program aims to provide the poor with easy, reliable, and efficient access to institutional financial services, and reaches over 150,000 families in Uganda. For more on BRAC Uganda, please see our partner page, and join our lending team, Friends of BRAC Uganda.