A loan of $1,700 helped a member to purchase maize, beans and potatoes for her business.

Kagera Women's Group, Jinja's story

It pays to be unwavering, patient and enterprising, as 37-year-old K. Aisha, a married mother of seven, would attest. Patience in a fledgling and harsh business environment, she says, is bitter but the upshot is invariably success if one also carries enough conviction. Often this has to be combined with other invaluable attributes like good customer care skills to complete the whole package.

Aisha has endeavored to go with the tide as she plies her six-year-old produce-sales business in Kamuli, Jinja. She has established a niche for herself selling mostly maize and beans to market vendors. There is a semblance of the progress that she envisaged at the threshold, as her clientele increases.

Long before she even thought about starting this business, Aisha was mostly into odd jobs, principally working in a modest local-area bakery. At present, she makes profits to the tune of 280,000 a month. She has also been eking out profits from her farming business.

With this loan, Aisha is upbeat about the prospect of expanding her business through substantial purchases of crops like maize, beans and potatoes.

In this group: Aisha, Masitula, Samson, Hadija*, Harriet, Ruth, Getrude, Harriet, Prossy, Nabirye*, Jenipher, Sam, Mary, Jenipher, Kalulu, Joyce
*not pictured

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