“Mothers should unite”
Harriet has 7 children, who all go to school.
She’s able to support her family and their education because she belongs to a savings group or ‘self help group’ in her village, Walusyembe.
Through PONT’s support, local NGO (non-governmental organisation) FDNC came to her village and trained around 30 people in topics such as savings and credit, keeping records, setting goals, problem-solving, conflict resolution and business promotion.
Group members could then start saving, paying in small amounts at their weekly meet-ups. When they had saved enough, any group member could take a loan.
Harriet chose to start a small business buying bananas from other farmers and selling them on, some in the market and some from her stall near the spot where her group meets. “I borrowed money from the savings group, I started buying bugoya [bananas]. I started ripening them, I was able to provide for my children’s education and I stopped even asking for support from my husband. I was able to support my family.”