A loan of $1,800 helped a member to buy stock of powdered soap and clothing.

Subgroup A Of Group Tuwezeshane's story

GLADIS, age 32, sells powdered soap and new dresses and shoes from door to door to homes, schools, and offices. She works from 10am to 6pm, with a lunch break which she uses to spend time with her children. She began this business in 2001 and now makes about $9 a week from powdered soap sales and $18 from clothing sales.

Before this business, Gladis was a stay-at-home mother. She started working because her husband’s military income wasn’t enough to cover their family’s expenses. Gladis’s business has helped their 3 children (ages 7, 8, and 12) attend school. It has also allowed them to begin building a new house, which they are still in the process of doing.

Gladis is the leader of Subgroup A of group Tuwezeshane (meaning “let’s help each other” in Swahili), which totals 24 members. Gladis will be sharing this loan with her subgroup members: Asha S. (selling clothes), Catherine M. (shop owner), Rose M. (selling groceries), Zuhura K. (selling vegetables), Zuwena C. (selling clothes), and Alex M. (selling clothes). While a few of the members are new, most of this subgroup has shared a previous loan together, which they paid back successfully.

Gladis used the previous loan to buy more stock of powdered soap and new clothes. She hopes to use the new loan for the same purpose.

In this group: Gladis, Asha, Catherine, Rose, Zuhura, Zuwena, Alex
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