A loan of $1,675 helped a member purchase more bags of charcoal for resale.

Kuteesa Womens Group-Lugazi's story

Most people in Uganda have done their utmost through the years to get a settled means of living through subsistence and commercial farming. With this genre of business, it has always been an assured flood tide of financial success whether in the short term or in the long term. Even in the event of drought or famine, many farmers have banked on their reserves to make ends meet. It is therefore surprising to see a person dispense with this kind of lucrative venture.

45-year-old K. Efulansi decided to go against this grain and made her farming business a subsidiary business 30 years ago. Her deduction was that she would be able to make more profit selling charcoal. She however still maintained her farming business though it now played second fiddle to charcoal sales. With hard work and determination, this married mother of 4 school-going children has achieved her goal.

In Luleeka, Lugazi where she operates, she has carved out a reliable niche for her business. This explains why her business is still going strong notwithstanding the competition she faces. In a month, she makes profits to the tune of 100,000 shillings. With this loan, she wants to buy more bags of charcoal for resale.

In this group: Efulansi, Veronica, Nalongo, Florence, Ritah, Jane, Aidah, Joyce, Cissy, Margret, Deborah, Christine, David*, Charles*, Robert*
*not pictured

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