Marie is one of 1.5 million refugees who have fled to Uganda to start a new life. “The things which caused us to flee from our country up to Uganda [were] discrimination and the war,” she says, describing why she and her parents decided to undertake the perilous journey from their home in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

After rebuilding her life in her new country, Marie now uses her firsthand knowledge to support other refugees, especially women. She’s working for Accion partner UGAFODE Microfinance Limited, providing loans, savings products, and financial literacy training to the refugee community in Uganda. Accion uses our knowledge and experience working with low-income populations around the globe to support UGAFODE, ensuring that vulnerable communities in Uganda, including refugees, can get the financial tools they need to thrive.

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