Total loan: $225


Kajjansi, Central Region, Uganda / Retail

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A loan helped to buy more paint for her hardware shop.

Mariam's story

Mariam is 23 years old and lives in the town of Kajjansi in the Abaiita Ababiri region of Uganda. She is single and has one child who is currently in school. For the past 3 years, Mariam has been working hard to manage her hardware shop, which sells paint and tiles.

To help expand her business, Mariam has requested a loan of 800,000 Ugandan Shillings from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to buy more paint, and will help Mariam to generate greater profits. Mariam will use the profits from the business to pay school fees for her child, provide necessities like soap, pay household bills like electricity and to provide basic needs for her family like food thereby improving on their standards of living. Mariam hopes that in the future she will be able to open up branches of her shop in different areas in order to generate more income. She also wants to diversity her business.

Mariam 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.