By Cassandra Jones - Communications and Development Associate
Allen standing next to her bricks
Allen is a 62-year-old grandmother that takes care of her 10-year-old granddaughter Adrine. Since Allen could remember she had always farmed to feed her family. In recent years, Allen has not able to successfully farm because of natural threats like droughts in Uganda. During a Granny Group meeting, Allen was encouraged to diversify her income so she could still meet her family’s needs. After several meetings, Allen came up with an idea to sell bricks due to the low competition in her community. Other members in the community lacked good soil to make brick, but Allen’s soil was perfect! Allen was able to borrow a microloan of $162 from her granny group fund. Like Allen, many grandmothers benefit from the funds given to their Granny Groups.
Allen used the loan to hire workers to make bricks on her land. After the bricks were made, she would sell them in her community and neighboring districts. Allen has been able to service her loan on time monthly by using the income she gets from her small coffee garden and banana plantation. Since she makes her payments on time, she is able to borrow more money to support her brick business.
Allen is so thankful for you! You helped her start a new business and now she’s confident that she will always be able to feed her family.
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