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Felista's Group
In this Group: Joycemary, Harriet, Mariam, Felista, Christine
Felista’s group consists of five members living in the same village and growing the same crops: onions and beans. Felista (first from right) is the group leader. She is 59 years old, widowed, and has eight children. Felista and her group members have grown onions and tomatoes for the last two years but they believe they have never yielded enough at harvest.

After attaining training in better farming practices, Felista and her group members want to try better ways of growing onions and tomatoes and using better quality seeds, fertilizers, and herbicides.

Felista asks for a loan to buy good quality onion and tomato seeds and fertilizers to apply in her field. She will use a portion of this loan to hire casual laborers to help her prepare her field well.

Felista says she enjoys YICE’s interactive trainings on farming and health practices. She has a dream of becoming a model onion farmer in her village, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge with the rest of the community members to learn.

Additional Information

About Youth Initiative for Community Empowernment

Youth Initiative for Community Empowerment is a registered women and youth empowerment initiative in Central Uganda. Aiming to empower vulnerable women and young people both economically and socially, it provides training in agricultural business development and health topics. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to support training programs for vulnerable women, including single mothers and out-of-school girls, and to help them start their own farming businesses.

Youth Initiative for Community Empowerment (YICE) joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Uganda

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 119
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    Uganda Loans Fundraising
  • $33,608,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,677.5
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Felista's Group's $350 loan helped a member to pay for farm inputs like good quality seeds, fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
18 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 1, 2013
Feb 26, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 4, 2014