Eunice Atieno O. is 41 years old and married with 5 children. She also looks after 13 dependents: 10 are orphans. Three children are from his brother, who together with his wife died of AIDS in 2002. Another seven children are from another brother who had two wives, of which one passed away. The brother is currently on antiretroviral drugs (drugs that boost immunity of people living with HIV/AIDS). She is also living with her grandmother and her nephew (whose mother is Eunice’s sister) and depends on her for clothing and education.
Eunice started her business in 1995 after having finished a hairdressing course from Pilkington College in Kampala, Uganda. There she got a certificate in hairdressing. After completion of her course, her husband bought her a dryer, blowdryer, rollers, five chairs, a sink and hair-relaxing chemicals so that she could start a salon. Her husband told her that he had loaned her the items so she had to pay him back. Since Eunice had already saved Ksh. 35,000 (USD 500) through the selling of clothes and shoes in 1993 and 1994, she had no problem repaying the items within two years. The business was doing well until February this year when a fire broke out at her business premises. Seemingly good samaritans, who came in the pretext of helping her, stole her possessions including her dryer, blowdryer, sink, plastic chairs, mirrors and hair chemicals. They ransacked her salon completely. They even took away the door to her salon. She is repairing the damage done to her salon.
Eunice is asking for a loan of USD 300 which she will repay within a period of 8-15 months. Eunice intends to replace the items which were stolen and hopefully continue to support her large family.