Total loan: $225


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Seeta, Central Region, Uganda / Food

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A loan helped to stock more varieties of fish to generate more sales and higher revenues.

Mary's story

Mary is 16 years old and lives in the town of Seeta in the Kireka region of Uganda. She is single and has no children. For the past 2 years, Mary has been working hard to manage her fish-vending business to earn a living.

To help expand her business, Mary has requested a loan of 500,000 UGX from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to stock more varieties fish to generate more sales and higher revenues. With more profits, Mary will be able to afford more basic needs and clothing and support her siblings, thereby improving their standard of living. Mary hopes that in the future she will be able to buy her own piece of land and construct a family house.

Mary 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.