Monday, April 7, 2008

Journal: Alex

Alex lives in a house he built himself from logs and mud in the Acholi quarters of Kampala. It has electricity from a pole, and water is purchased from a nearby tap. He is the father of six children, three of them in school. He owns goats and does construction work, and with the loan he received from Kiva, he purchased bundles of clothes to sell.

His brother helps in the business by manning the stall when Alex isn’t there. Alex says that transporting the goods from the Indian shops in Kampala town where he buys them to the place where they are sold can be a challenge. The fluctuation of fuel prices affects his profits, but he says, “I can see a profit,” even if the profits change from day to day.

His hope for the future is to become a wholesaler of clothes.

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