A loan of $1,775 helped a member to buy plastic seats, saucepans and food stuffs such as sweet potatoes, beans and maize.

Wome Development Group's story

WOME (Women of Mawokota Entrepreneurs) is found in a small trading centre within Mpigi town. It’s a group composed of many hardworking women, mostly engaged in retail trade and agriculture. They fall into the categories of divorcees, widows, single mothers and few married women.

Namubiru(Kanzaali) is a married woman with three children and three grandsons. She has managed to see her elder son through school and is still struggling with the rest. Hajala is a food vendor; she operates a local restaurant and supplements it with small-scale agriculture. She resorted to food vending way back in 1992 as means to acquire some money to pay her children and grandchildren’s school fees after they were neglected by their reckless father.

Hajala intends to use the money to buy more plastic seats for the restaurant and three bigger saucepans. She will use the balance to stock additional foodstuffs. Her main customers are students from the nearby Mpigi Light College, Bboza residents and a few passersby.

Hajala’s main challenges include fluctuating prices for the food stuffs, bad debtors and a non-conducive working environment which is worsened by too much dust. Despite all the challenges Hajala has still endured as she is resilient, committed and determined to change her future and that of her family. Her dream is to build her own residential house in the trading centre to reduce costs of renting and also earn money through rental income.

In this group: Rebecca , Aisha, Hajjara, Resty, Kisakye, Dauda

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