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Disability Grant To Help Joseph Start Retail Cereal Business In Ukerewe

by Joseph Msusa
(Mwanza, Ukerewe, Tanzania)

I am a 26-year-old youth from Mwanza region in the Ukerewe District within Tanzania. Currently I am a student at university of Dodoma.

I am from a family of six orphan children where I am the oldest of three girls and two other young boys. All of us are living the worst due to extreme poverty

Disability Issues

I was born with deformed feet, a problem from my childhood that can be revealed by my physical appearance.

I completed my secondary education walking in bare feet due to how the feet are. Up to now I have never worn shoes. This makes me feel guilty in public.

Financial Hardship

I have passed into a hard life of failing even to buy shoes to fit my feet. I was born in an agricultural family. Growing up I was helped by my beloved late mama until her death. She helped with all my school costs.

After her death in 2009 while I was still in secondary school, I suffered economically and I still do.

Things started to get worse financially when my father passed away while I was still young. Thank God I’m a university student with a government loan to pay school fees.

Income Efforts

Soon after the death of my mother, I got a job to pay for my basic needs. I was employed by one of our local village business men to sell grains after school. The work challenged my academic performance.

In 2010 when I was in form four, I got help from the government to pay my school fees.

I tried to think on owning my business that I be free from this extreme poverty but I failed to get a start up capital

Specific Needs

I would like info on business start-up capital grants so that I can be helped to do my best to help my community be a better place in which to live, work and grow.

I also want to be the best I can to help others.

For people like me with a physical disorder, we are affected by our disability suffer in life because of it.

Business Idea

I would like to establish a cereal retail market in Ukerewe to serve people and to unleash my potentials to the family and society at large.

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Mar 31, 2015
Special Thanks
by: Joseph Msusa

Thank you for publishing my story.

Mar 30, 2015
Ready for the Workbook step...
by: Don from Ability Mission


Now that your story is published, you're eligible for the Workbook stage.

Don Coggan

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