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I feel like a millionaire.

Some need an elevator.

Others, just a leg up.

I remember meeting Olivia, a woman in Uganda, who at one point in her life had nothing. Of course, BRAC meets many women like this. And we tried to help her by doing what we do well; we helped her to understand what other people like her had been able to achieve in terms of setting up small businesses and becoming self-sufficient. And we then provided her with a small amount of seed funding.

Audrey Ahwan, Director for Programme Development, BRAC

She was one of those people who just get it! Some people need an elevator to get them to move up. But all she needed was a leg up. Then she took charge. You sometimes meet people like her who just need to recognise that something has been done before and then they grasp quickly that they can do it too.

She was so resilient and worked so hard. She had animals, fruit trees, a brick-laying business. Not all at once of course, but through hard work, smart diversified enterprise management and resilience over time. Just astonishing! Just astonishing what she achieved!

Eventually she was able to buy a small piece of land and start saving to build a house on it. No one in her family, going back for generations, had ever been able to do this.

She told me that she had never before in her life seen more than $3 together in one place, but that now she was a millionaire (at least in Ugandan currency). That’s the kind of transformation that can happen when the approach of BRAC meets the hope of one woman. People like her are amazing, of course, but there are many of them across the BRAC family. They are so inspiring and I learn so much from them.

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The boats mean thatmore children like Jhuma stay in school.Froma few boats in the wetlands, the boat system was scaled across thecountry. There are now500 floating schools, providing classroomsto 14,000 students all year round.