A loan of $375 helped a member to purchase good quality vegetable seeds and pesticides and hire staff to clear their gardens.

Dorothy’S Group's story

Dorothy’s group is one of YICE’s female self-help groups in Kabazungu village, and it is made up of five members all coming from the same village. Dorothy (second from left) is the group leader. Members of this group grow varied crops, including beans, vegetables, Irish potatoes, cassava and onions. Two of the members raise local chickens as well.

Dorothy, 36, grows vegetables, Irish potatoes, and cassava. She has been growing these crops for over the last six years but is getting low yields and income. After acquiring better farming skills through YICE’s farming-as-business training, Dorothy now asks for a loan to purchase good quality vegetable seeds and pesticides and to hire a laborer to clear her garden.

She believes practicing better farming practices will increase her yields and incomes by 70% after selling her produce.

Dorothy plans to use her profits to establish a big piggery project and pay school fees for her three orphaned children. She has a dream of supporting her children’s education up to University level.

In this group: Kyakwera, Prisca, Rose, Dorothy, Betty

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