Total loan: $450


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Kireka, Central Region, Uganda / Food

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Sharifah's story

Sharifah is 22 years old and lives in the town of Kireka in the Kireka region of Uganda. She is married and has two children with one of them currently in school. For the past three years, Sharifah has been working hard to manage her beverage business, which sells sodas and energy drinks.

To help expand her business, Sharifah has requested a loan of 1,600,000 UGX from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to buy more sodas, water, and energy drinks, and will help Sharifah to generate greater profits.

The profits of the business will enable Sharifah to assist her husband in paying school fees for their children, providing for the children and herself necessities like clothes, paying house bills, and providing basic needs for her family like food, thereby improving their standard of living. Sharifah hopes that in the future she will be able to build a house on her plot of land.

Sharifah 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.