A loan of $3,475 helped a member to purchase more retail items such as sugar, cooking oil and rice.

Gombe Tukolerewamu Women's Group, Mpigi's story

Widowed, 55-year-old N. Florence has, for the last twelve years, been banking on her general merchandise retail shop business in Gombe, Mpigi, to earn her source of livelihood. With this business, which has mostly been selling sugar, salt, and rice, she has been able to make ends meet in terms of providing for her family, primarily her six children’s education.

Florence began this business with the modest savings she had in the bank. Her lack of experience in running a business, did not impact her much at the threshold of her business. She had the courage of her conviction that she would succeed, even without any prior pedigree in business.

Florence describes herself as an optimist who will do anything to achieve success in whatever she bears a hand in. She also wants her kids to emulate her example and join her in business as this type of business is currently the most reliable source of income for most Ugandans, especially those who have just finished their studies.

In a week, Florence says she makes profits that are to the tune of 100,000 shillings. With this loan, she wants to specifically purchase four bags of sugar, five jerry cans of cooking oil, ten boxes of soap, one bag of rice, etc.

In this group: Florence, Christine, Night, Jalia, Suzan, Winfred, Hadija, Teddy, Hadija*, Jane, Mastula, Sarah, Robert, Gladys
*not pictured

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