Following her graduation from the Lukome Centre in 2010, Stella returned to her home in the village of Cet Kana in northern Uganda. With certificates in hair styling and bakery in hand, she began working immediately, braiding hair from her home to raise a small startup capital. In 2011, Stella used this capital to open a small salon. Due to a limited profit, however, she was unable to purchase enough equipment and supplies to meet the increasing customer needs and decided to apply for a microloan from ChildVoice. The loan was granted and Stella was able to stock her salon with a variety of products, increasing both customer satisfaction and her daily income.
Using revenue from the salon, Stella identified and filled yet another market gap in Cet Kana; a bakery. In late 2011, she expanded her business to address this need, purchasing an oven and ingredients. Her sales have since doubled, with the holiday season being especially fruitful. The bakery now has two additional employees, and distributes products to several nearby markets.
Donations like yours have enabled women like Stella to achieve more than anyone ever thought possible. Thank you from Stella, her family, and all those benefitting from your generous support.
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