Total loan: $725

Edith Namosusoke‘S Group

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Kampala, Central Region, Uganda / Arts

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A loan helped To expand her business by purchasing additional crafts.

Edith Namosusoke‘S Group's story

Edith is a 60-year-old married woman with four children. Her children are between the ages of 28 and 50 years, and some of them go to school. She resides in and owns a four-room house, where she lives with six people. Edith takes care of additional family members. The family has access to electricity and piped water, and generally eats three meals per day.

To earn a living, Edith has a stall in Nsooba, where she sells crafts. She incurs significant transportation costs because she has to travel to purchase bananas and crafts in villages throughout Uganda. She works, seven days per week, in a semi-urban area, which is located in the outskirts of Kampala. On average, she has 50 customers per day, and sells to all kinds of people (i.e., both retail and wholesale customres). Her largest monthly expenses include: costs of feeding her family; school tuition fees for her children; and rental dues for her market stall. Among her major business challenges are the seasonal nature of the business and the rainy season, which makes it difficult for her customers to reach her stall (because she works in an area that can be muddy). She has been in this business for ten years, and she has been with MCDT for six years.

She is currently servicing her nineteenth loan. Edith joined MCDT because it was near her home and because it helped poor women. She is seeking this loan in the amount of $725 to buy more crafts. She wants to see her business grow and to sell solely to wholesale customers.