Many South Sudanese women living as squatters in slums in the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda, are single mothers. Because jobs for unskilled and uneducated refugees are scarce, their best hope for supporting their families is creating and operating their own tiny enterprise. Without assets and referrals, however, these women cannot obtain credit from a mainstream bank. Making matters worse, few refugees, let alone single mothers, can afford the school fees to send their children to school
The project provides interest-free loans of $100 to $250 to women refugees to use to start their own small business. It also organizes monthly borrower training and support meetings. Once loans are repaid, they are recycled to become another loan.
Putting money in women's hands turns them into self-reliant entrepreneurs who can put food on the table and send their children to school. As they thrive, they create a ripple effect helping lift their entire community out of poverty over time.