Knitting is a skill Ulumbi learned from a lady in her neighborhood. With the knitting machine Ulumbi planned to make school uniforms. However, the machine she bought broke not too long after she purchased it. Ulumbi was determined though and knew this could be a profitable endeavor considering all the schools in the surrounding villages require uniforms. When she received her third loan of 150,000 shillings, Ulumbi used it along with other savings to buy her second knitting machine.
On Fridays and Saturdays, Ulumbi, loads up all her knitted goods and hauls them to the local markets in Mng’anda and Nkungi. Ulumbi used to ride a bicycle to these markets along with a huge burlap bag stuffed with sweaters, shirts, and pants. As you can imagine, this was tiring, difficult and made Ulumbi’s legs sore. Recently, she purchased a motorcycle, and life has become much easier! Now, her husband gives her rides back and forth to the markets on the motorcycle.
“Knitting continues to be my most profitable business. I’ve been able to purchase three cows for our farm, and recently I’ve purchased dinnerware for people to rent for special occasions,” explained Ulumbi.
At this point, Ulumbi is proud to have 1.5 million shillings in capital.
Ulumbi’s next goal is to buy a plot of land in one of the larger villages, either Nkungi or Mkalama with the intention to build a house that she will eventually rent out.
Life prior to the first loan was challenging and Ulumbi says they had a low standard of living. Since World Encounter, Ulumbi and her family have prospered well, but her proudest accomplishment is that she has been able to send all seven of her children to school! Ulumbi is thankful for the World Encounter loans and continued support.