Total loan: $575

Mary's Group

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Rukoki, Western Region, Uganda / Food

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A loan helped to buy cassava flour to resell.

Mary's Group's story

Mary's group is comprised of five hard-working women. Mary is 20 years old and lives in the town of Rukoki, in the Fortportal region of Uganda. She is single and has two children, who are currently in school. For the past three years, Mary has been working hard to manage her small business. She sells cassava flour. To help expand her business, Mary has requested a loan of 250,000 Ugandan Shillings from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to buy cassava flour to resell, and will help Mary to generate greater profits. With her profits she will pay her children's school fees and the medical bills. Mary hopes that in the future she will be able to educate her children up to university. Mary 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. "