Total loan: $1,050

Agnes's Group

Mbarara, Western Region, Uganda / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy more shoes and clothes.

Agnes's Group's story

Agnes's group is comprised of two hard working women. Agnes is 24 years old and lives in the town of Mbarara in the Mbarara region of Uganda. She is single and has two children who are all currently in school. For the past six years, Agnes has been working hard to manage her retail shop, which sells shoes, skirts and blouses.

To help expand her business, Agnes has requested a share of 3,800,000 UGX from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to buy more shoes and clothes, and will help Agnes to generate greater profits. Since Agnes is a single mother, she will use the profits of 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 for the family, thereby improving their standard of living. Agnes hopes that, in the future, she will be able to buy materials for building a house.

Agnes 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.