A loan helped a member to buy goats for sell, to buy more stock for the retail business and to pay school fees.

Kyewanula Group's story

Kyewanula group is located on the outskirts of Lyantonde town. The group is comprised mainly of women whose major activity is agriculture. They fall into different categories including divorcees, widows, single mothers and a few who are married.

Sulaina is a single mother of four children. She is divorced from her husband who had another wife. Her four children are all in school. In addition, she looks after her nephew who is an orphan.

Sulaina is mainly an agriculturalist who grows crops and raises goats and chicken. She supplements the farming with income from a small retail shop with capital of UGX 50,000. She resorted to farming in 2000 after separating from her husband so that she could fend for her children and take them to school. She does all this single handedly.

She will use the loan to buy goats to sell, to buy more stock for the retail business and use some of the money to pay school fees. Her main customers are neighbors and passersby. The main challenge is theft around the village. Sometimes thieves steal her goats after she has invested her money in them, especially the loan money, and this affects her cash flow. Sometimes she or her children fall sick and on those days she is unable to work on her land. Despite all the challenges, Sulaina is very hard working and determined to change her future and that of her children by giving them a good education.

In this group: Sulaina, Eve, Sulaina, Salimah, Hadijjah, Glades, Safinah, Hadijjah, Bulun, Rose, Saidati, Mariam, Abdul, Jane, Moses, Mable, Ramu, Hawa, Godfrey, Jawadu, Atim, Richard

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