A loan of $4,400 helped a member constance will use her part of the group loan to buy more shampoos and chemicals for her hair salon.

Rwentobo Women's Group's story

Constance is the chairperson of the Rwentobo Women’s Group in Ntungamo. Ntungamo is surrounded by lush green rolling hills in western Uganda, not far from the Impenetrable Forest made famous in the movie Gorillas in the Mist and the African Pygmies. The residents here are primarily rural subsistence farmers who coffee and matooke and raise the famous Ankole cattle, with their 3ft curved horns rising gracefully upwards.

Most of the members in the group live on farms and the tranquility and beauty of these mud and twig villages is enough to make you want to move there. Although poor financially, these villagers are not lacking in food and their shelter is quite adequate for the climate. There are no jobs, so people either establish a business, or just live off the land. Poverty is relative and these villagers are gentle and rich in spirit. They have time for family and community, which is important because there are a very large number of orphans due to AIDS throughout Uganda and orphanages abound.

Constance has operated a hair salon for 3 years and been a part of her lending group for 5 years. She is 30 years old, single and has one child. With her portion of the group loan (about $375) she will buy shampoos, chemicals and other items for her business.

In this group: Constance, Mustura, Dinah, Jenesta, Bena, Damain, Mary, Allen, Asrat, Sarah, Irene, Medius, Medius, Milton, Anita, Bena, Annet, Miwa, Fiora, Helen

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