Jonah Mbabazi

Jonah is an inspiration. Once the proprietor of a small restaurant on Buhoma’s main

street – the Kyirahuura Bwindi Hotel, she is now the proud owner of the only

community grocery shop in her village of Nyakatore, just around the corner.

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Evace Kemirembe

Evace Kemirembe is an experienced market-stall holder in the community of

Buhoma, with a regular and large customer base who visit daily to buy their food

supplies.

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Edith Tukahirwa

Recently, Edith Tukahirwa, Buhoma resident, received a loan of 1 million Ugandan shillings to

support the growth of her now thriving food market stall in Buhoma, in the heart of

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

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Doreen Akampurira

Four months ago, Doreen Akampurira, local Buhoma resident and member of the Ride for a Woman women’s empowerment initiative, applied and qualified for a loan of 1 million Ugandan shillings (£200 or $280). Her plan was to invest in a stock of second hand clothes sourced from suppliers in Kampala and sell them both from her rented unit in Buhoma and from various local markets.

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Ruth Turyamureeba

In April 2017, Ruth Turyamureeba, local Buhoma resident and both member and Chairperson at R4W, borrowed 700,000 Ugandan shillings (£140 or just under $200) with the goal of investing in a sewing machine.

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Charlotte’s Boutique

For 2 years Charlotte Atuheire had run a small boutique in Buhoma but with her husband retired she was unable to afford to extend her stock and expand her business. Charlotte could not cover some basic costs of living and really wanted to be able to send her son to school.

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