Hadijjah is a 29 year-old mother of four, married to a home builder named Peter. She is originally from the small town of Bufumbo just outside of Mbale, but she moved to Namatala when she got married. Growing up, Hadijjah was one of seven children. Her father died when she was five years-old and remarried when she was eight to the man she now affectionately calls her father. Her parents are still married and they both still work as farmers. Hadijjah is still close to her family and sees her parents and siblings as often as possible.
With her increase in income, Hadijjah's family bought a healthy, strong cow to provide them with milk each day.
A GROWING BUSINESS
Recently, Hadijjah accomplished her goal of opening a shop front on the main road through Namatala. The shop is complete with tall copper doors that shutter closed and lock her goods safely inside when she’s at home and business class. Inside, she sells soap, salt, matchboxes, sugar and secondhand clothes. When she opens up her shop and airs the contents for all of Namatala to buy each day, she lays out a plastic tarp out front to display the secondhand clothes. On average, her shop receives 20 customers a day.
Tucked in the corner of her shop is a sewing machine, which she uses to create and mend clothing, despite it no longer being the primary focus of her business. Hadijjah is constantly striving to improve her business every day, and hopes to sell maize and cassava, which receive a higher price.
To improve the clothing options available at her store, she plans to travel to Malaba, Kenya, a small town directly on the other side of the eastern Uganda-Kenya border. There, she can buy “first-class” clothes, as she calls them.
When Hadijjah’s business flourishs, it supports the well-being of her entire family. She stores and sells bedframes and stoves from her husband’s carpentry business and also houses her nephews in the back room. When Hadijjah succeeds, it produces a ripple effect that reaches the entire community.