A loan of $2,200 helped a member to buy more fish for resale.


Mariam's Group's story

N. Mariam is proud to be the only Hajjat in the group of Nkokonjeru. Her business is buying and selling mukene (small silvery fish) from Nkombwe landing site in Ngogwe Sub County for eight years now. Before this business, Hajjat used to sell tomatoes and onions, but because they were perishables, she was always losing money.


With the small fish, it’s a matter of drying them properly; do so and they will last for a very long time. Mariam says the prices of the fish keep fluctuating depending on the season, and this influences her selling price. Mariam is a widow who cares for five orphans and three other orphans (her stepchildren), who are all in school; two are in candidate classes.


Since she started getting loans, Mariam has managed to care for her family and has bought some land for farming hence reducing the cost of buying everything including food. She has also bought some goats which she sells and has a dream of buying a cow (a good one costs about one million Uganda shillings). A cow would provide milk for sale, and Mariam hopes this will happen for her and her family soon. She plans to buy more small fish for her stock once she has access to a loan.

In this group: Mariam, Zalia, Babirye, Steven, Betty, Harriet, Cissy, Judith


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