She lived in a small mud hut, as shown in the picture, and kept a few chickens.
That was 10 years ago. Now, after 20 loans and extensive training from MicroLoan, Ileen is an established businesswoman. She buys and sells chickens for a profit at the local market, rearing 70 chickens at any one time. She has recently diversified her business. She now also sells pots and pans, and has started rearing and selling pigs in partnership with one of her neighbours. There is a big emphasis on community support and partnership in MicroLoan’s training.
The profits Ileen has made from her businesses, enabled her to build a new house, which is shown below.
It’s no wonder really that Ileen is the Secretary of her MicroLoan Group, and a real inspiration to the other group members.