Kavugo fled the Democratic Republic of Congo 4 years ago and settled in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Western Uganda, with her husband and 9 children. Kavugo and her family farms and sells vegetables to other refugees in the settlement.
Due to the new cash-for-food program, brought about by the World Food Program, that provides cash to refugees to buy food. There has been an increase in demand for vegetables among the refugee community in the settlement. As a result, Kavugo is currently unable to satisfy the demand for her services in the settlement, therefore she wants to expand her business to be able to serve more customers.
Kavugo needed a loan to enable her buy more vegetables to sell. With this loan, Kavugo believes she will be able to serve up to 100 customers every day and also construct a stall to sell from. Kavugo has already been accepted by the Ugandan office of the prime minister in charge of refugees to construct a business stall within the refugee settlement but lacks the capital to achieve this.
Kavugo considers her business as having a consequential social impact on the community. She says, by selling vegetables, she enables many families to eat nutritiously and achieve a balanced diet.
This loan is special because: it helps refugees launch businesses to rebuild their lives.It provides refugees living in Uganda with access to below-market financing. These loans will help refugees living in and out of refugee camps launch and grow businesses so that they can generate income, employ others, and increase their own independence.