A loan of $625 helped a member to buy more sacks of charcoal.

Ruth Nanteza's Group's story

Ruth has a wooden store where she sells charcoal. She sells to all kinds of people, both retail and wholesale. She works seven days a week. She serves an average of 25 customers a day. Her major business challenges include thieves and the rainy season, because she works from an open place in a muddy area, which hinders her customers' ability to reach her. She doesn’t incur additional transport costs to and from her suppliers, because she buys from local suppliers who get charcoal from villages.

Ruth is a 58 year old married woman with four children between the ages of 18 and 30. One of her children goes to school and the rest are working. She owns a four-room house where she lives with seven people. Ruth also takes care of additional family members. The family has access to electricity but no piped water, and they get three meals a day. Ruth's monthly expenses include school fees and feeding the family.

Ruth has been in her business for 30 years and with MCDT for five years – now on her twelfth loan working with the same group mates. Ruth joined MCDT to increase her capital because it is near her home. Ruth wants to use this loan to buy more sacks of charcoal. She is hoping to see her business get bigger and to start selling wholesale only.

In this group: Ruth, Annet

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