A loan of $550 helped a member to buy more bales of clothes and a sack of Irish potatoes for chips.


Margaret Nakawoojwa‘S Group's story

Margaret is the leader of four members of a group. She is 47 years old and widowed with five children aged between 18 and 26 years. All her children go to school. She resides in and rents a one-roomed house where she is staying with seven people. Margaret takes care of additional family members. There is electricity but no piped water at her home. The family gets three meals a day.

Margaret resides and works in a semi-urban area which is in the outskirts of Kampala. Margaret sells secondhand clothes in Kalerwe Market, in one of Kampala’s suburbs. She sells to an average of ten people a day and sells to all categories of people. She works six days a week.

Margaret buys clothes from Owino Market, one of busiest markets in Uganda and uses public transport to and from shopping. Her major monthly expenses include rent for both the business premises and residence, school fees and medication. She has been in this business for the last fifteen years. Prior to her clothing business she sold chips (french fries) in the evening. Her main challenges are the rainy season, which stops her customers from coming to her, and defaulters.

Margaret has been with MCDT for over six years and is servicing her twelfth loan, working all this time with the same group members. She wants to use this loan to buy more bales of clothes and a bag of Irish potatoes for chips. Margaret is aspiring to seeing her business grow bigger and owning permanent premises.

In this group: Margaret, Maureen , Margaret, Beatrice, Monica



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