Total loan: $600

Maria's Group

Lukaya, Central Region, Uganda / Retail

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A loan helped to cuy more items for the shop for customers.

Maria's Group's story

Maria's group is comprised of 2 hard working women. Maria is 23 years old and lives in the town of Lukaya in Uganda. She is married and has 2 children, 1 of whom is currently in school. For the past 4 years, Maria has been working hard to manage her retail shop, which sells sugar, soap, salt, bread etc.

To help expand her business, Maria has requested a share of a loan of 2,100,000 Ugandan Shillings from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to buy more items for the shop for customers, which will help Maria to generate greater profits and will lead to increased profit to pay school fees for her children. Maria hopes that in the future she will be able to have the biggest retail shop in her community.

Maria is a member of BRAC's Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) program. In addition to microfinance loans, the program provides both a safe place for young Ugandan women to take part in group activities, and a forum for life-skills training.