Total loan: $450

Dorothy's Group

Bulenga, Central Region, Uganda / Food

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A loan helped to buy more clothes for selling.

Dorothy's Group's story

Dorothy's group is comprised of two hardworking women. Dorothy is 23 years old and lives in the town of Bulenga in the Kiyinda region of Uganda. She is widowed and has one child, who is currently in school. For the past five years, Dorothy has been working hard to manage her clothing business, which sells dresses, skirts and tops. To help expand her business, Dorothy has requested a share of 1,600,000 Ugandan shillings from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to buy more clothes and will help Dorothy to generate greater profits. Since Dorothy is widowed, she will use the profits of the business to pay school fees for her child, buy for herself and the child personal items like clothes, pay house bills, and provide basic needs for the family like food, thereby improving on their standard of living. Dorothy hopes that in the future she will be able to build a residential house. Dorothy 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.