A loan of $125 helped a member to purchase more food for the hotel.


Mary's Group's story

Mary's group is comprised of two hardworking women. Mary is 21 years old and lives in the town of Kacwamba in the Fort Portal region of Uganda. She is married and has three children, two of whom are currently in school. For the past two years, Mary has been working hard to manage her small hotel, which serves hot meals to local customers.

To help expand her business, Mary has requested a loan of 200,000 Ugandan Shillings from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to purchase more food for the hotel, and will help Mary to generate greater profits and pay school fees for her children. Mary hopes that in the future she will be able to buy a plot of land and build a house.

Mary is a member of BRAC's Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) program. In addition to microfinance loans, the program provides both a safe place for young Ugandan women to take part in group activities and a forum for life-skills training. The ELA program has increased Mary's future prospects by helping her to learn how to save and budget.

In this group: Mary, Olivia



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