IMPACT

Micro Loans Transform Lives

The Greater Contribution’s micro loan program provides the opportunity for already hardworking women to improve their lives and the lives of their families. With a small business that has sufficient capital, the women earn an increased and sustainable income, which has a substantial impact on their families’ health, nutrition, education, and housing.

Deborah passes on the benefits of her micro loan. Brenda wants to become a lawyer. She will be taking her high school exit exams this year. However, this path would not be possible without the TGC micro loan provided to her grandmother, Deborah. You see, Brenda lives in rural Uganda, where public school is not free and like most families, hers makes less than $2/day, including Deborah. However, Brenda is lucky that she has both an enterprising and generous grandmother in Deborah. With a TGC micro loan of just $120, Deborah has built a business of selling chickens and produce that has allowed her to increase her profits and pay for her granddaughter’s final year of high school. Deborah is proof positive that when women are financially empowered they spread the wealth and opportunity to others.

Sharifa, a 24-year-old, mother of two, had tailoring skills, but living in rural Uganda, she had no access to capital to use her valuable skills to make a living. When she received a micro loan from The Greater Contribution, she was able to purchase fabric in bulk, allowing her take on larger orders. Her skill and hard work are now being rewarded. She earned a contract with the local school to make their uniforms, increasing her income significantly.

 

Sharifa understands the value of an education to her children, so with the profits from her growing business, her first priority was to place her oldest child in a better school. She was also able to purchase a bunk bed for her two children. A small loan has already made a big difference!

In our 10th year, The Greater Contribution has proudly reached a milestone of funding over 10,000 micro loans.

Margaret’s is a story of triumph over tragedy. A widow with four children, Margaret lost her husband during the bloody civil war in Northern Uganda. To protect her family, she was forced to flee her ancestral home with her four children and her mother. She relocated in the town of Jinja. As an internal refugee with no husband, no permanent home, and no job, she struggled to support her family. To make matters worse, her mother became blind from illness, making her the sole support for her family of six.

Margaret joined a local women’s support group called Pit-tek Women. The Pit-tek group connected her with The Greater Contribution’s micro loan program. She received her first micro loan in June of 2013. She began a business of selling beverages in Jinja. Within a year, she increased her income and savings four-fold. Like many people displaced, Margaret must rent sub-standard housing in Jinja. Therefore, Margaret’s first priority has been to build a new home for her family. Having significantly increased her savings from her new business, Margaret is on her way to providing that new home for her family. 

Dianah is a single mother of a young infant, who struggled to make ends meet before The Greater Contribution provided her a micro loan.  She invested in a small fish business, which she has been able to grow into a small retail shop.  Due to her increased income, her beautiful baby is no longer sick and malnourished. Dianah is thankful she can now support the health of her child.

Are you ready to transform a woman’s life with a micro loan?