Enrolling in the IGA programme in 2012, five years after moving into the Namatala slum, Harriet set up her own business selling fruit and vegetables.
The start-up grant and the training in business skills she received have allowed her to improve life for her family. As a household of twelve (eight adults and four children), they previously lived in a dilapidated two room semi-permanent house, but they now live in a permanent house and the family is faring much better.
As well as daughter Beatrice attending Child of Hope School, the proceeds from her business are allowing Harriet to send her other children to school. She is also able to save money on a regular basis for future needs.
Harriet buys her produce from Mbale town’s main market, where most of the wholesalers are situated, and sells them in the local Namatala market. She has also found local suppliers from neighbouring villages who supply directly to her at fair prices.