Total loan: $275


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Mbarara, Western Region, Uganda / Health

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Lydia's story

Lydia is 18 years old and lives in the town of Mbarara in the Mbarara region of Uganda. For the past 2 years, Lydia has been working hard to manage her drug store, which sells medicine.

To help expand her business, Lydia has requested a loan of 1,000,000 Ugandan Shillings from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to purchase more medicine, and will help Lydia to generate greater profits. Lydia 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. Lydia hopes that in the future she will be able to open up a bigger drug store in order to generate more income.

Lydia 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.