Emmimah Nyalugwe

Emmimah Nyalugwe

“Joining a loan group has been essential to my success.  The women support one another in times of hardship. They have provided me with moral support. When they share their experiences with me it helps me see how I can make my business better.”

                                                                                –  Emmimah Nyalugwe

Emmimah’s journey to becoming an entrepreneur started when she used her loans and training to set up a butcher shop. After conducting market research she found that it could be a profitable enterprise.  Many people in nearby communities enjoyed eating meat and could afford it for special occasions, but there were few businesses catering to this demand. With the help of a MicroLoan Loan & Training Officer (LTO), Emmimah created a business plan for her butchers and began trading in her community.

Overcoming difficulty

Starting her business hasn’t come without its challenges. Emmimah initially had difficulty building a client base as she was new to the market and didn’t know how to attract customers.  Juggling her family responsibilities and her new business was something she found hard and she had to deal with unpredictable fluctuations in prices of stock.

These are all things that could have ruined her dreams of a successful business; however she didn’t have to face these challenges on her own. With the support from other members of her loan group and the training from her LTO, Emmimah received advice to help her with her specific concerns.

Soon, she began attracting customers from neighbouring villages and her business began to grow in popularity. The butchers has continued to grow and Emmimah has now taken her fourth loan from MicroLoan.  Her profits have nearly doubled since starting and she has been able to start an additional business selling drinks.

This increase in income has allowed Emmimah to generate savings.  While she used to struggle to purchase more than one animal at a time, she recently purchased five goats. She wants to continue saving so she can diversify her business by selling beef in addition to goat meat.

She attributes her success to the training she received and the support from her loan group.

“Joining a loan group has been essential to my success.  The women support one another in times of hardship. They have provided me with moral support. When they share their experiences with me it helps me see how I can make my business better.”

Emmimah is still developing as an entrepreneur but her experience with MicroLoan has already had a positive impact on her and her family’s life. Her children are receiving the education that Emmimah never had the chance to complete – giving them the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty.

Your support has helped create this opportunity for Emmimah and her family. When you invest in a woman it’s not just her life that becomes transformed. Emmimah is one of our #WomenWhoInspire. Learn more about our movement to celebrate women and how you get involved to be part of our clients inspiring journeys here.