Sarah’s Story

Sarah of the Honey group talks to AID:

Tell us how you became involved in Manna Microfinance.

Sarah Kiko Honey microfinance, South SudanI first heard about Manna Microfinance from Stella your field staff, at one of the meetings with women.  I had seen how Manna had changed people around me, and so I joined a group in July 2013.

After several weeks of training I received my first loan of 1000 South Sudan Pounds. I bought cowpeas, sugar, charcoal, beans and cooking oil to stock my kiosk.

What difference has the loan made to you and your family?

The loan enabled me to grow my business, I only used to sell three different items, but now I sell a wider variety. It provides enough money to feed my children. My husband provides the money to send the children to school.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to take another loan to grow my business further.  I am planning in the future to graduate from a kiosk to a modern shop, selling a different assortment of items.  I would also like to buy a fridge and serve my clients with cold drinks, since South Sudan is too hot.

Why is it important for you that Manna Microfinance meetings start with prayer?

Prayers unite us.  Manna money is blessed money and we pray with all our hearts because we know everything is blessed.  The prayers encourages us and keeps us together.

How has the recent conflict affected you and your business?

During the crisis people ran away and shops were closed.  This meant we lost both clients and perishable goods.  I survived by hiding inside the house- thank God I am still alive.