A loan of $2,250 helped a member to pay school fees for her kids and for the construction of a house.

Omungyenyi Tukwatanise Group's story

At her flourishing food stall in Ntungamo market, 49-year-old Mary sells food items such as beans, millet, and maize. Mary is an enterprising business woman who has been running her business for the past 6 years. The food items she sells are highly-favored staple foods on most food markets and at homes in Ntungamo and most parts of Western Uganda.

Mary is an exception to the rule. Notwithstanding the fact that she is divorced, she has showed fortitude in the face of hardship. It is a trait which is a rarity in most Ugandan women. She says that the odds were stacked against her but due to her strong resolve, she was not fazed. Her approach was to work assiduously to better her own welfare and that of her family. The entry into her business, just like any other business, was formidable but she remained firm in the face of the hurdles she encountered.

In many ways, affirmative action programs have been invaluable to her, just like they have been to many women entrepreneurs all across Uganda. Farming is the second string to her bow and, needless to say, her farms provide all the food items she sells after harvesting.
Mary says that her monthly sales income totals up to Uganda shillings 800,000. Mary is going to use this Kiva loan to pay school fees for her kids and for the construction of a house.

In this group: Mary, Juliet*, Gloria, Fred, Penninah, Eric, Harriet, Mirieti*, Agnes, Evas, Juliet, Lillian
*not pictured

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