Total loan: $250


GABA, Central Region, Uganda / Retail

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A loan helped to purchase more sugar, salt and maize flour.

Miriam's story

Mariam is 20 years old and lives in the town of Ggaba in the Makindye region of Uganda. For the past two years, Mariam has been working hard to manage her retail business, which sells sugar, salt, soap, maize, flour and beans.

To help expand her business, Mariam has requested a loan of 900,000 Ugandan Shillings from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to purchase more sugar, salt and maize flour, and will help Mariam to generate greater profits. Miriam will use the profits of the business to buy for herself personal items like clothes and shoes, pay house bills and provide basic needs for the family like food, thereby improving on their standards of living. Mariam hopes that in the future she will be able to open up a wholesale shop in order to generate more income.

Mariam 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.