Charles Bida

“I trust God because he has now given me a way that will make my future different.”

Though Charles grew up in a poor family of nine, every Christmas, he received a small amount of money from his mother. One year, instead of using the money to buy clothes, he bought petrol instead, which he divided up and sold in the market in Yei, South Sudan. His goal: to make enough money to purchase pencils and books for school. But he made so much money off of that first sale, he soon began selling petrol full time. With his first loan from Seed Effect, Charles was able to buy additional commodities, including petrol and sugar, which he used to bake biscuits and sweets to sell at the market. The result? He made $1,000 in four months, and promptly repaid the loan.

“It gave me hope and a vision for the future,”he says.

Since then, Charles, now 22, has opened a phone charging station, a mixed goods store, and a music shop. He’s also begun studying business management, paying his tuition with the profits from his business. After graduating, Charles dreams of one day building a supermarket in Yei.

“I trust God because he has now given me a way that will make my future different.”

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