A loan of $2,200 helped a member to purchase more jerrycans of milk for resale.


Babyelesa Development Group's story

The consumption rates of cow milk have always been high in most urban centers in Uganda. The rising demand for this milk has been brought to pass by the increase in cheap milk supplies from Western Uganda, where most people rear sturdy milk producing cattle. This is a far cry from a decade ago when cow milk was scarce. In the present age, cheap cow milk outlets have opened up in almost every major town in Uganda. As a result, even those who could not afford milk in the past are in a position to buy it.

A case in point is 45 year old Clement who does not purchase her milk for home consumption but for resale. She has been engaged in the cow milk sales business in Mukono for the past 12 years. Creating a good rapport with her milk suppliers has been playing to her advantage in many ways, principally the fact that she is supplied with milk every time her supplies run short.

Mukono, like many other Ugandan urban areas, now gets most of its milk supplies from traders who transport their milk from Western Uganda. Clement, a happily married mother of three, says she was pep talked into this business by her brother. Before that, she was engaged in a hides and skins sales enterprise. Weekly, her sales profits total 100,000 Ugandan shillings.

With this Kiva loan, Clement plans to purchase more jerrycans of milk for resale.

In this group: Clement, Christine, Dorothy*, Norah, Charles, Geofrey, Rukia, Gideon*, Yunia, Florence
*not pictured


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