A loan of $350 helped a member to pay for farm inputs like good quality seeds, fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.

Josephine's Group's story

Josephine’s group is one of YICE’s Women self-help groups in Ntuuma village. The group is made up of five members and they all come from the same village. Josephine is the group leader. All group members are farmers, but the types of crops they grow are varied, including: maize, beans, vegetables, ground nuts, and cassava. They also keep animals like pigs, goats, and sheep.

Currently, Josephine (first from the right), age 36, grows ground nuts, beans, and cassava. She has been growing these crops for over the last five years but is getting low yields. After acquiring skills through YICE’s farming-as-business training, Josephine now needs a loan to buy good quality seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides for her farming enterprise.

She believes her yields will increase and she will earn a higher income after selling her produce. She plans to use her profits for school fees for her two orphaned children, and she has a dream of seeing her children completing University education and working in the Ugandan local government.

In this group: Josephine, Mary, Salima, Regina, Hadijah

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