A loan of $1,300 helped a member to hire laborers for the farm.

Ibanda United Women Group's story

Margret is a member of Ibanda United group found in Ibanda town council. She is married with five current dependants, who she says are not her biological children, but she took over their guardianship after some of them lost their parents, while others are her grandchildren.

Margret among the group members has stood out as the most hardworking with good leadership and entrepreneurial skills, which she attributed to the cooperation and confidence which others gave her. She is now commonly referred to as their patron.

She is deeply involved in banana farming as her main source of income, which she supplements with proceeds from her grocery. Magret says her early marriage at the age of 18 taught her to work hard as both she and her husband were young and had no formal employment. Her husband had land that he inherited from his late father, their only asset at the time.

Margret says that her first years of marriage were not easy as the couple used to work on their plantation from morning to evening, then later in the night, they would go and attend their grocery so as get daily income. After realizing that other women's groups in different areas were receiving financial assistance, she decided to start one, which up to now has acted as a steady source of funding not only to her businesses, but to several other members. She says she has managed to educate her children up to university level, built a home and expanded her banana plantation. Her main challenge now is that she wants money to pay laborers on their farms since they can no longer do it themselves, given their advanced age.

In this group: Stella, Margret, Lillian, Annet, Harriet, Mary, Jenniffer, Bentica, Constance, Annet

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