Mary, aged 32, has 5 children and is a primary seven drop-out. “Before receiving training from VacNet, she says, “I was not doing any business but was depending on my husband for everything. I would endure all the harsh words from my husband in order to survive. We briefly separated because I could not sustain the stress in our marriage.” As I was passing through Layibi market I mate a group of women sitting together and sharing, also they were pulling their repayments and recording them in a book. their chairperson came to inform them about business-related training. I got interested and inquired if they can allow me to attend training with them, they accepted me. In that training, I learnt three critical issues that have enabled me to start and grow my business: diversification of business; how people have the same brain, ability and time; and how to save and invest. After the training, I requested a microloan of UGX 150,000 which I used to open and planted one acre of maize while at the same time brewing local alcohol to support my farming activity.
"Using my savings and proceeds from agriculture, I was able to buy two cows at UGX550,000 and UGX750,000. I have grown my herd to eight and currently sells milk to my community to supplement my income. I save with the group. My savings have been progressing from UGX111,000 in 2017, then UGX600,000 in 2019, to the current UGX800,000. I continued brewing for school fees for MY children amounting to UGX280,000 per term (S.4). I also buy cassava and sell it in the local market and have added five turkeys which I'm rearing". -----Mary
Mary boasts of having 3 meals per day, which never used to happen; buying 5 mattresses, a bicycle, all children are in school and increasing capital and assets. She encourages other women to join VacNet to be given the same skills such that they can be like her. She advises women to think of getting knowledge, not money. Women should also cooperate with others to be able to realize development.
“I feel confident and more open minded to opportunities coming my way”
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Mary with her keeping animals