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    Investing for Change

    Nargiza - Shahrituz, Tajikistan

    Nargiza - Shahrituz, Tajikistan

    Nargiza is a very hardworking young woman. She is divorced and the mother of three children. She lives with her parents and her large extended family. As the main provider for her children, she tries to provide all necessities and a good life.

    Nargiza buys and sells fabrics. She needs to buy new seasonal materials and clothing. She has been working in this business for more than 15 years, is a returning borrower and has a positive credit history.

    This loan is special because it supports the wellbeing of women and their families.

    Saly's Group's - Senegal

    Saly's Group's - Senegal

    This group of women in Senegal that makes a living selling products in their village since 2009. Fatoumata who is on the right in the photo with her hand raised is the group's representative. She is 37 years old, divorced and is the mother of three children. 

    She plans with her new loan to buy 50 sets of cosmetic products that she will sell from her house. The earnings will help her pay for education expenses and the children's health and for her own needs.

    This loan is special because it helps empower women in rural Senegal.

    Ludis Patricia - Colombia

    Ludis Patricia - Colombia

    lickLudis is a single woman who is the head of the family. She resides with her family in the municipality of Apartado, a post-conflict zone in Colombia.


    Ludis sells merchandise such as products for personal use and domestic cleaning. She is applying for a loan to buy more inventory. Her dream is to improve the conditions of her home and create a good environment where her son can develop as a person and as a professional.

    This loan is also special because it helps internally displaced people in Colombia rebuild and sustain their livelihoods.

    Kurusum - Njeru, Uganda

    Kurusum - Njeru, Uganda

    Kurusum is 22 years old and lives in the town of Njeru in the Njeru region of Uganda. For the past two years, Kurusum has been working hard to manage her hardware shop, which deals in selling construction materials.

    To help expand her business, Kurusum has requested a loan to buy iron sheets and cement to sell at her store.  The proceeds from her store support her young brother who is still at school and her mother's medical bills. Kurusum hopes that in the future her store will be able to growth into a very large and successful hardware business.

    Kurusum is also a member of BRAC's Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) program. In addition to microfinance loans, the program provides both a safe place for young Ugandan women to take part in group activities and a forum for life-skills training.

    In Kurusum's group: Kurusum, Aisha, Halima

    Current Loan Recipient: Srey Neang in Camboida

    Current Loan Recipient: Srey Neang in Camboida

    At the age of 26, Srey Neang is a married mother of three children; two of them are preschool age. Srey Neang and her husband have been growing rice and raising pigs as the main source of her family’s income. They have been involved in farming for almost four years while raising pigs for about two years. She hopes to help support her family business by purchasing additional piglets and feed.  Her goal is to be able to increase her family's income and living standard.

    This loan is special because it supports social and economic well-being of a low-income family.