Total loan: $150


Luwero, Central Region, Uganda / Food

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A loan helped to buy more cassava, bananas and potatoes.

Ritah's story

Ritah is 16 years old and lives in the town of Luwero in the Luwero region of Uganda. For the past year, Ritah has been working hard to manage her food stall, where she sells bananas, cassava and potatoes.

To help expand her business, Ritah has requested a loan of 500,000 Ugandan shillings (UGX) from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to buy more cassava, bananas and potatoes, and will help Ritah to generate greater profits. The profits of the business will enable Ritah to buy personal items like clothes and sanitary towels for herself, pay house bills and provide basic needs for the family like food, thereby improving their standard of living. Ritah hopes that in the future she will be able to open up a beauty salon in order to generate more income.

Ritah 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.