A loan of $1,150 helped a member to buy fruits and vegetables to sell.


Katwende Women's Group's story

Aidah, a roadside fruit vendor, is a member of Katwende group found in Igorora town. The group is composed of mainly women and one man with various marital statuses: single, widowed and married.

Aidah’s enrollment in the group was a result of a series of hardships she had undergone as a semi-illiterate business person, among which was starting multiple businesses which would close in less than a year. This frustrated all her efforts, and she decided to sit at home as a housewife for over two years. Later on, she almost lost her firstborn to malaria, due to lack of money to take her to the hospital, hadn’t it been for a friend from said group who gave her money.

Aidah joined the group, which she says taught her how to run a business in addition to providing seed capital of Sh.(UGX) 50,000 to start a roadside fruit grocery. Aidah says that her allegiance to the group earned her a wealth of knowledge. This included sourcing for organic fruits, which are highly demanded, making crafts, crocheting and growing vegetables.

This greatly changed her life, as she now has multiple sources of income with a steady funding source from the group to enable her to manage her home business and meet the needs of her family, even in times when her husband is jobless.The eleventh member in the group photo did not want credit this cycle, however she is saving with the group and also signed the waiver form.

In this group: Jelemina, Agnes, Teopista, Aidah, Jascent, Evas, Friday, Mary, Jackline, Betty



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