A loan of $1,600 helped a member increase inventory.

Betty Katutu’S Group's story

Betty K. is a 52-year-old widow with six children ranging in age from 30 to 18. Her husband died in 2000, but even before that, she had her own business selling bitenge, fabric printed with colourful patterns that are tailored and worn by people all over Uganda.

She sells bitenge from her home, buying them from people who import them from Congo for 10,000/= (Ugandan shillings, about $6) each and selling them for 15,000-20,000/=. When she gets the money, she buys about 50 at a time to keep in stock, an inventory that she usually sells in about two weeks. She likes this business, she says, because “it doesn’t give her a headache,” allowing her time for church and to look after her children.

She joined MCDT in 2004 which provided the capital to increase her investment in her business. This will be her eleventh loan. With a new loan, she will add to her inventory of bitenge. “It helps me a lot to survive in the city.”

In this group: Betty, Hadija, Grace, Florence, Justine

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