A loan of $10,000 helped to buy more inventory (color, sizes and styles) for her small business supporting tailors in Uganda.

Halle's story

Originally inspired by a desire to do international humanitarian relief work, Halle found her way to Uganda in 2006 to study conflict resolution. During her time there, she met many people who had been trained as tailors by international non-governmental organizations during the ongoing civil conflict. Unfortunately, many felt there were few job opportunities to apply their new skills to support their families.

To address this reality, Halle started One Mango Tree (http://www.onemangotree.com/), a small business that helps tailors in Uganda to find a market for their products in the United States. Using local organic cotton, One Mango Tree designs and produces womens’ clothing and accessories and provides additional training to its tailors to create new designs with their input. Seventeen women now work for One Mango Tree, and their jobs support their children’s ongoing education.

In 2012, she started to sell apparel directly to the public as well as wholesale to specialized retail shops. Her Kiva loan will be used to help Halle increase inventory, in terms of both variety (color, sizes and styles) and quantity. Since she is now selling wholesale, she wants to be ready to service larger orders.

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