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Total loan: $23,400
Hoima, Western Region, Uganda / Services
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A loan helped to provide clean drinking water access and employment in Western Uganda.
Anish is a Ugandan of Indian decent and a father of three. He currently lives in Hoima, where he is operating a spirits and wines shop. He is also a retailer of other products, and is interested in starting up a Jibu water franchise. His strong customer service, sales and marketing ethics have made him one of the largest distributors in Hoima town. This distribution channel will allow him to reach 2,500 liters per day over the next year. Hoima is where Anish has spent most of his adult life, and he is therefore very motivated to own a full-time Jibu production franchise while also expanding access to affordable drinking water in a community he cares deeply about. This loan will fund all the necessary costs to get Anish's franchise up and running, including storefront build-out, staff training, support overhead and sourcing including shipping and installation of his Jibu water filtration unit. Jibu is a social enterprise pioneering a powerful new model that capitalizes and equips entrepreneurs in emerging market communities to own businesses that ensure access to basic human necessities, with water as an anchor product. Jibu has scaled a network of locally owned, financially independent and self-sustaining franchises that provide safe drinking water to their communities while offering life-changing training and employment. Driven by a belief in the power of eye-to-eye partnership to unleash latent entrepreneurial talent, Jibu is transforming the challenge of addressing basic human needs into an expansive opportunity that allows thousands of entrepreneurs to build lasting solutions, one neighborhood at a time. The company’s vision is to train, finance, and grow a network of co-invested business owners like Anish, who will revolutionize the way critical resources are leveraged to develop essential infrastructure in emerging markets. Photos #2-5, by Sandro di Carlo Darsa / Tigre, show customers and employees at already existing Jibu franchises.