A loan of $4,200 helped a member to buy more sweet potatoes to increase profits.

Kyosimba Onanya Women's Group's story

The saying, “a man’s downfall is not the end of his life,” befits Hadijah N., the chairperson of Kyosimba Onanya women’s group, which formed in Lugazi in 1997. Before starting her raw food selling business, Hadijah used to move on market trucks to sell new clothes for men, women and children at daily markets around Lugazi. Then robbers attacked her on her way back from work and left her with nothing. This scenario prompted her to enter her current business, which does not require so many movements. She buys sweet potatoes from farmers, packs them in sacks and takes them on a hired truck to Nakawa market for sale once a week on a Monday or Wednesday. She buys a bag of sweet potatoes at $15 and sells it at $35. She is widowed with four children and also cares for four grandchildren singlehandedly. Her dream is to see her children have a bright future after completing their education, and this keeps her going.

In this group: Hadijah, Mary, Edward, Mary, Hasifah, Kasimu, Betty, Sirajje, Edith, Yusufu, Sam, Joelia

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