A loan of $275 helped to buy more fresh food like matooke, sweet potatoes, and cassava for resale.


Penina's story

Penina is 18 years old and lives in the town of Hima in the Fort Portal region of Uganda. She is married and has one child. For the past 2 years, Penina has been working hard to manage her small market stall, in which she sells fresh food like matooke (green plantains, or a meal made when they are steamed).

To help expand her business, Penina has requested a loan of 700,000 Ugandan Shillings (UGX) from BRAC Uganda. The loan will be used to buy more fresh food like matooke, sweet potatoes, and cassava for resale, and will help Penina to generate greater profits and pay for medical bills. Penina hopes that in the future she will be able to build a big house for herself and also start rearing animals like goats and cows.

Penina 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.



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