A loan of $925 helped a member to buy more merchandise like sugar, salt, and boxes of soap.

Sarah Nabukeera ‘S Group's story

Sarah is 49 years old and a single mother of four children aged between 10 and 20 years. All her children go to school. She resides in and owns a three-roomed house where she is staying with four people. Sarah takes care of additional family members. The family has access to electricity and piped water and gets three meals a day. She incurs transport costs to and from buying merchandise from Kikuubo one of the busiest places in Kampala.

Sarah has a retail shop in Kyebando Nsooba selling all types of merchandise like sugar, salt, cooking oil, soap, Blue Band margarine, jerrycans (empty) and thread. She doesn’t pay rent as she works from her home. She works in a semi-urban area which is on the outskirts of Kampala She works seven days a week. She receives an average of 40 customers a day and sells to all categories of people, both retail and wholesale. Her greatest monthly expenses include feeding the family and school fees for her children.

Sarah's major business challenges are defaulters and the rainy season which hinders her from reaching her customers. She has been in this business for twenty years and with MCDT for eight years, servicing her seventeenth loan, working with the same group mates. Sarah joined MCDT because it was near her home and was working with poor women. She wants to use this loan to buy more merchandise like sacks of sugar, cartons of salt, and boxes of soap. She is aspiring of seeing her business grow bigger and starting selling only wholesale.

In this group: Sarah, Dorothy, Mary

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