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    Getting new businesses off the ground

    Day 324

    Gather, Give, Grow

    Taby has been in Uganda since last December. She and her family fled from Congo across Lake Albert, deciding not to take their chances with rising insecurity at home.

    But for almost a year, Taby’s been restless. She and her friends had businesses back in Congo, but they haven’t had a way to start them up again here. They know how to run a small business – they just need a little help to get them running.

    Yesterday, we built a shelter for the women of Taby’s community to come together, socialize, and most importantly, get their businesses off the ground.

    “With a shelter like this,” said Taby, “we’ll divide it into kiosks so we can all sell different things, like a market center.”

    The next step was obvious – get these ladies some things to sell!

    We got a smorgasbord of wares…everything from sodas to flashlights to sweet treats to soap. That way, they can test the market, learn, and adjust for the most popular items.

    “We can even get fish from the lake and sell them,” said Taby. “Even tailoring and salon services. Women can gather together and learn from each other.”

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