Ida lives in Kakira, Uganda with her husband and their five children. Ida runs a small grocery selling produce, snacks, and convenience items. As her children grew older, educational costs began to mount, which put pressure on the family budget. Ida was concerned her store wouldn’t be able to expand to meet the evolving needs of her family—and began to fear for their future. If they fell into poverty and weren’t able to educate their children, her children would be set back, and risk only compounding the problem for years, maybe even a generation to come. When Ida learned about the programs offered through Opportunity International, her fears began to fade. Ida received valuable financial training a small loan to invest in her store. She applied her training and loan into smart investments that would allow her to expand her store while increasing its profitability. Adopting these practices along with some smarter self-management has allowed Ida to keep her kids in school while also improving their standard of living. Ida wants to continue her own education to one day become a wholesale trader and hopefully build a house for her family.