A loan of $1,050 helped a member to collect charcoal from the village, to buy home assets and increase her stock.

Sarah Kigozi's Group's story

Sarah is a leader of 5 members in a group, whose head is leaning in the photograph. She is 48 years old and is divorced with 5 children, who are 30, 28, 18, 16 and 12 years old. The youngest three are in school. She works and resides in a semi-urban slum area, which is prone to floods in the rainy season.

She buys charcoal from trucks belonging to traders, who collect it from the villages and sell in quantities ranging from whole sacks to small heaps. The sacks are piled in a semi-permanent shed that has no lockable door. She also provides outside catering service for occasions like weddings, baptisms, funerals, and any other event that attract crowds of people.

Her challenges include the risk of having the sacks stolen and the high price of charcoal. Her costs are even higher as her area is inaccessible to vehicles, and she has to hire someone to lift the charcoal sack by sack. Also, the floods limit movement in the rainy season.

She has been able to educate her children and cover the family's needs. Her plans include being able to go to the village to collect the charcoal, to buy home assets, and increase her stock. This will be Sarah's fourth loan.

In this group: Sarah, Evelyn, Sumaya, Mariam, Nuru

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