Entrepreneurs Around the World Have Started and Grown their Business

Entrepreneur: Justine Nassali
Business: Health food store
Location: Kampala, Uganda

As the single mother of eleven children, Justine struggled to put food on the table. After her sister died of an AIDS-related illness, Justine also began caring for three of her orphaned nieces and nephews. In addition to feeding and clothing her family, Justine was responsible for paying school fees for all 14 children.

Fortunately, in 2002, Justine met with Opportunity International, an organization that provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training to more than five million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Opportunity International gave Justine a loan that enabled her to transform her backyard into a pig farm. After buying the first two pigs, Justine worked hard and used her profits to grow the business. In time, Justine's farm expanded to include 40 pigs, a flock of chickens, and a small retail store.

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