Protazio (Paul) Z. is 38 tears old and has been a member of the Kasenyanku Women’s Group in Mpigi for 6 years. Married with 16 children, 10 of whom are in school, he also takes care of four orphans belonging to his late relatives.
Paul has operated a retail shop in the Katende trading center for 5 years now, selling new clothes like gomesi for ladies, trousers, shirts, dresses and skirts. He sold this same apparel in daily markets in and around Mpigi until he solicited funds to open the shop. He is happy with his business and is now asking for a loan to purchase additional inventory. Paul hopes to one day have many branches of his shop.
This is a Group Loan
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