Total loan: $250


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Lukaya, Central Region, Uganda / Retail

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A loan helped to buy more sugar, maize flour, salt and soap.

Shakirah's story

Shakirah is 19 years old and lives in the town of Lukaya in the Masaka region of Uganda. For the past 3 years, Shakirah has been working hard to manage her retail store, which sells maize flour, sugar, cooking oil, salt and soap.

To help expand her business, she has requested a loan of 900,000 Ugandan Shillings from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to buy more sugar, maize flour, salt and soap, and will help Shakirah to generate greater profits. She hopes her business will expand, hence more profits, and she will be able to support her child, thereby improving their standards of living.

She hopes that in the future she will be able to start up a wholesale shop.

Shakirah 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.