Enterprise start-up loans assist girls in refugee camps to help households

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Mary, a refugee, and the World Vision Savings Group, who granted her a loan to help her grow her food production and market sales business

Mary, a refugee, and the World Vision Savings Group, who granted her a loan to help her grow her food production and market sales business

WOMEN in some of the largest refugee camps in the world are offered loans to start small businesses so they can start making money for their families again.

The new microfinance initiative is being implemented by VisionFund International, a subsidiary of the Christian charity World Vision.

It is one of the first microfinance organizations to serve the world's growing refugee population. The first branch was opened in the refugee settlement Palorinya, a remote part of Uganda, where more than 121,000 refugees and more than 48,000 Ugandan citizens live. Another three branches are planned: the next one in Yumbe, which is home to one of the largest refugee settlements in the world with 230,000 people.

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