A loan of $1,325 helped a member to buy more charcoal.

Regina Bayiyana's Group's story

Regina Bayiyama is the leader of a group of five women. She is 55 and widowed with five children. Her youngest child is in school while the eldest four are married and working. Regina lives in a semi-urban slum on the outskirts of Kampala that is prone to flooding during the rainy season.

Regina has been sewing and selling charcoal for the last 10 years. She travels to the village to get her supply of charcoal and then sells it to families in small quantities. The greatest challenges Regina faces are thieves, floods and competition.

Regina plans on using this loan to purchase more charcoal. Since she began working with MCDT, Regina has been able to purchase lorries of charcoal rather than just sacks. This increase in stock has allowed Regina to garner more profits. She has used this increased revenue to pay her children's school fees, to expand into selling roasted chickens and to purchase a house.

Regina hopes to continue diversifying her businesses by one day expanding into selling dried fish.

In this group: Regina, Saidati, Fiona, Olivia, Margaret

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