Total loan: $3,950


Bulambuli, Eastern Region, Uganda / Retail

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A loan helped to pay for cookstoves, warehousing space and transportation of products.

Barbra's story

Barbra is a 21 year old entrepreneurial young lady who recently completed her higher level of education. She’s been supporting her mother by efficiently managing the family retail business in the Bulambuli district in Eastern Uganda. While working in her mother’s shop, Barbra was recommended by an agricultural officer as one of the youths who become part of a youth energy promotion campaign that was being championed by a non-government organization in the eastern part of the country. It was there that she emerged as one of the most entrepreneurial and best sales persons in the campaign.

With the wealth of experience gained during the campaign and with her keen interest in renewable energy products, she started selling UpEnergy products by stocking some of their cook stoves in her mother’s shop. However the limited space in her mother’s shop and the lack of proper transportation has been limiting her ability to reach most of her customers, especially the women’s groups. It’s through them that she sells most of the products and they are in great need of the cook stoves and water filters. She is proud to be able to improve the livelihoods of people in her community who are able to save from improved fuel use and improving on the health of most women through the reduction in indoor air pollution. Barbra plans to use part of the profits from her business to enroll in a business course in a nearby university. Her aspiration is to become a leading entrepreneur in the renewable energy sector and a successful businesswoman in her community.

The loan will make it possible for Barbra to scale up her business and allow her to increase her stock, so that she saves time and transportation costs by not having to travel as often to replenish her stock in order to meet the high demand for stoves in her region. A portion of the loan will go into leasing warehousing space and hiring a pick-up van that will make it easy for her to reach rural communities. It will reduce the transportation costs that currently significantly reduce her take-home earnings.