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.