A loan of $175 helped to buy larger quantities of charcoal, thus reducing the number of trips he makes to get the charcoal.

Mathius's story

Mathius K. is a 40 year-old married man. He has five children of his own and cares for his brothers' five children.

For a living, Mathius sells charcoal. He has a 20’ x 20’ log rail, fenced corral covered by a roof of corrugated steel. His business is located in the heart of the Rubaga District of Kampala, reachable only by winding dirt paths. Currently, within the gated corral, he has a stack of 15 charcoal bags, each bag weighing approximately 110 kg. People enter the corral with one gallon plastic jugs and Mathius fills the single jug with charcoal. They will use this as fuel in their cooking pots which are placed outside their homes in Rubaga.

Mathius is gentle and well-known in Rubaga, for everyone cooks with charcoal. He has been selling charcoal for approximately 20 years and calls Rubaga his home. He does not dream of ever leaving Rubaga. However, he does dream of buying a plot of land with 10’ x 15’ dimensions to build a house.

With the loan, he wants to buy more charcoal. If he can buy in larger quantities, he will spend less time having to make trips to get the charcoal. He is increasing his sales to small hotels and restaurants in the area. These are one and two room dirt floor “hotels” and “restaurants” with outdoor cooking pots, tables and chairs.

(If you would like to learn more, please check out the Fellows Blog: The Women of Rubaga)

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