Total loan: $425


Kitintale, Central Region, Uganda / Food

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A loan helped to buy beans and peas.

Rashidah's story

Rashidah is 22 years old and lives in the town of Kitintale in the Makindye region of Uganda. She is single and has two children, with one of them currently in school. For the past five years, Rashidah has been working hard to manage her food stall, where she sells beans, peas and spinach.

To help expand her business, Rashidah has requested a loan of 1,500,000 Ugandan shillings from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to buy beans and peas, and will help Rashidah to generate greater profits.

Since Rashidah is a single mother, she will use the profits from the business to pay school fees for her children, buy for herself and the children personal items like clothes, pay house bills, and provide basic needs like food for the family, thereby improving their standard of living.

Rashidah hopes that in the future she will be able to open up a grocery store in order to generate more income.

Rashidah 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.