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Joseph is a youthful man of about 35 years living in the Kiwaguzi local area. He has a family of 6 kids that he takes care of. He ventures in bark clothmaking,a business which he has done for the last 4 years. He couples it with subsistence agriculture for a daily income activity. He says he started bark clothmaking to supplement earnings from his plantation, which usually gives earnings only after 2 weeks.
He says he managed to acquire the motorcycle that has helped him with transportation, which has boosted his income. He was able to buy a piece of land that has allowed him plant more bananas for more output.Of recent he has managed to assemble some bricks which he hopes to use to put up a semi permanent house to improve his house hold living. He hopes to use the facility extended to him to mulch his plantation especially as it’s been a dry spell and also buy more back cloth for trade. He confesses a major challenge is scarcity of the bark cloth and also pests like termites that eat up the tree trunks, hence having poor quality pieces of bark cloth.

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This loan is part of UGAFODE's green loan program, giving Ugandan farmers the support they need to grow and process organic fruits and vegetables. Funds will be used to obtain critical resources like processing equipment, mulch and organic seedlings to reduce waste water contamination and improve consumer health. The green loan program also helps clients combat regional problems like deforestation and over-fishing.

About Uganda

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 118
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    Uganda Loans Fundraising
  • $33,817,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,588.0
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Joseph to buy mulches for his banana plantation.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 23, 2013
Aug 5, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2014