A loan of $3,500 helped buy a car so that I can reach more clients and grow my business in a safe and secure way.


Jolly's story

I was born and raised in Uganda. Life in Uganda is very tough and there are very little opportunities for an education, especially for young girls. Since my father was a school teacher, I was always taught the importance of an education, but Uganda simply didn't have those opportunities for me so I had to move to Kenya, where education was a bit more accessible. After living in Kenya for a year and a half, while in college, a military regime had grown and strengthened to the point where life as an educated young woman was dangerous. At that time, I fled to the United States under political asylum for the safety of my family.

Living in the US, I ensured that my kids were on a bright path towards their future. Then I decided to go back to school. I've always had a passion to study how the body reacts to different stimuli and how to prevent diseases. I received my Masters in Public Health in 2008.

With that in mind, I began working with a professor on International Health: HIV and AIDS at SF General Hospital. Through this internship, I was able to return to Uganda and start a non-profit called "OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief," -Food and Economic Security for Women and Girls. Because I know that there women are forced to become dependent on men for their needs, I decided to partner with local leaders. With the help of two colleagues, I was able to fund-raise enough to buy the materials these women needed to learn how to grow food to provide for their families as well as sell at the local market for some extra money. We now have three groups of 6 women in each who have worked together and started to maintain their own livestock and garden.



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Industry: Services
Years in operation: 1 year - 3 years


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