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Goefrey Masereka Kasese

Introduction - Written by our field partners

Goefrey lives with his wife, and their 2 young children in Kasese, western Uganda. His children are aged 3 and 6 and they are both in school. Whilst his wife works as a farmer, Godfrey sells bricks.

Making bricks can be a long process, that consists of moulding drying and burning. Godfrey plans on using his Deki loan for a variety of things to make this process easier and faster. Firstly he wants to hire labour to help him, as the job is very physical and can be highly demanding. Without the labour he might not be able to keep up with demands, and he'll loose customers. He also needs to purchase tarpaulins that provide shelter for his raw (unburnt) bricks.

These two things will allow Godfrey to build his consumer base, as well as ensure that none of his bricks dry out an go to waste. It will also allow him to ensure that he is making as much profit as possible from is labour.

Any extra takings will help Godfrey to ensure that his family is fed, clothed, educated and healthy. He pairs to "have a rich, literate and happy family". 

Field Partner: New Home for Community Rehabilitation

New Home for Community Rehabilitation

New Home was set up in 2014 to help the disadvantaged people of Kasese in Western Uganda. Their aim is to ‘support, promote and strengthen affordable and sustainable community based self-help initiatives tailored at improving human life’. New Home’s priority is to empower communities - of the elderly; women who have been widowed and who are living with HIV/AIDs; the disabled; young, single mothers and young people who have little or no education.

New Home is a registered charity and a SACCO which lobbies for human rights, conducts advocacy and aims to improve people’s lives through skills development, micro-finance and empowerment. They help people grow their small-scale business: many entrepreneurs run a stall, sell food, offer second-hand clothes; others are fishmongers, pig or poultry farmers or raise goats. Others process and trade cassava, coffee or maize. Many of the young men elect to offer transport on the back of a motorbike across the border (Boda-Boda driver) or train as bricklayers.

Also lending to this entrepreneur

Nikki Niraj Richard Paul Christine Phil and Nicky Jon Julie Jaya Don Simon Liz Samantha Bill Paul

Key information:

  • Name: Goefrey Masereka
  • Trade: Sells bricks
  • Total loan required: £260
  • Repaid so far: £0

Fundraising progress:

Only £260 left to repay

Location - Kasese, Nepal

Nepal is a Himalayan country in South Asia, home to breathtaking landscapes and eight of the world's ten highest mountains. Buddhism is historically linked with Nepal, though it is a minority faith in the country. Many Nepali people follow both Hindu and Buddhist religious traditions. Agriculture employs 76% of the workforce and accounts for 40% of Nepal's GDP.

Deki's two field partners in Nepal both operate out of Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital. The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in a bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal. It is surrounded by four major hills: the Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri. As the gateway to tourism in Nepal, Kathmandu has a tourism-centred economy.

Some statistics:

  • Capital: Kathmandu
  • Official languages: Nepali (but half the population speak their regional language first)
  • Population: 29,959,364 (in 2010)
  • GDP: $12,897,180,525 (in 2009)
  • Percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day: 24.8% (in 2010)
  • Adult literacy rate: 59%
  • Estimated adult (aged 15-49) HIV prevalence: 0.4%
  • Life expectancy: 68