Microloans for S. Sudanese Refugee Women in Uganda

by Hope Ofiriha Vetted since 2009 Site Visit Verified


Providing microloans, business training and technical support to struggling South Sudanese women refugees in Uganda empowers them to start small businesses and create a better life for their families.

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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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Uganda Microloans Project on our website
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Organization Information

Hope Ofiriha

Location: Oslo, Norway - Norway
Website: http:/​/​www.ofiriha.org
Project Leader:
William Ochieng
Executive director
Oslo, Oslo Norway
$20,535 raised of $26,000 goal
415 donations
$5,465 to go
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