A loan of $1,550 helped a member to buy fertilizers.

Swazi Twetungure Group's story

Alice is a 49-year-old married woman with two children. She is a proud member of the Swazi group, which has 10 members, most of whom are farmers. Only six of the members are acquiring a loan this cycle and the seventh person in the photo on the extreme left is the group secretary who was present to sign for the group as a committee member but is resting from taking a loan. He also signed the client waiver form.

Alice has been a tea farmer since 2001. She works seven days a week and dedicates nine hours per day to farming. Her tea farm is located in Swazi, a cell in Kyamuhunga sub county in Bushenyi District. Tea farming is the main activity in the area and she decided to concentrate on that as the main source of income at that time. In addition to tea farming, Alice started a retail shop to supplement her income so that she can easily look after her children. The shop is located in the same area and she says it has indeed boosted her income. She hopes to use the loan to buy fertilizer to improve the quality of the soil. Alice has high hopes that the next season's harvest will be better and she will earn more money. Indeed, the previous season she did great after she added fertilizers and she is looking toward to a much bigger harvest after applying more fertilizers using this loan. Despite the challenge of weather, which affects her greatly, Alice is determined to increase the size of her farm so that she realizes bigger profits. She is very hardworking and self-motivated.

In this group: Alex, Nicholas, Emmy, Alice, Johnbosco, Laurence

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