Total loan: $275


Kiyinda, , Uganda / Food

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A loan helped to buy tomatoes, onions, and green bananas.

Irene's story

Irene is 17 years old and lives in the town of Kiyinda in the Kiyinda region of Uganda. She has one child. For the past two years, Irene has been working hard to manage her food stall, which sells tomatoes, onions, and green bananas.

To help expand her business, Irene has requested a loan of 1,000,000 Ugandan Shillings from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to buy tomatoes, onions, and green bananas, and will help Irene to generate greater profits. Irene's business will expand, hence more profits, and she will be able to support her family, thereby improving their standard of living. Irene hopes that, in the future, she will be able to buy land and build a house.

Irene 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.