Mr. Muwanga Wilson is a resident of Wakiso District, Senge. He is a family man with 6 children and one wife. He is one of the beneficiaries that SMF EA LTD has reached through its partner Advance Uganda Microfinance Limited (AUMF). Mr. Muwanga processes banana juice at his home in Wakiso District Senge. The idea of banana Juice was first initiated by his wife,who learned from a friend how to process the juice and preserving it. The family took the idea forward.
They started with a few cans of juice which they would sell cheaply to their neighbours. However the situation turned around after Wilson joined AUMF in 2008 and started to borrow in order to increase his capital. So far he has had 8 loan cycles. His current loan cycle with AUMF is UGX 1,500,000 (USD 600). His first loan was UGX 500,000 (USD 200) which he used to buy a Motor cycle to help him in his other business of supplying
milk. The juice business is currently managed by the whole family, supplying mainly small scale supermarkets, restaurants, Jakana processing plant at Kawempe and other retail traders.
On average between 600 to 700 litres of juice are made daily and supplied and this has greatly improved their family income. Together with his wife, they have been able to purchase land and construct their residential home with extra units that they hope to rent out when completed. They are also able to pay school fees for their children, two of whom are in University and the rest in secondary school.
“We have over time funded his businesses and we have boosted them with capital. We supported his milk business by enabling him to acquire a motorcycle to ease transportation of milk”, says Mr. Kasibante Michael, CEO AUMF.
Some of the challenges they still face include lack of electricity that makes the juice processing quite difficult. Wilson hopes that this will be sorted soon and that they will expand their business to supply to more outlets.