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Gorreth is a 45-year-old single mother of three children aged between 5 and 17 years. None of her children goes to school because she couldn’t raise school fees. She rents a one-room house where she lives with five people. Gorreth takes care of additional family members. The family has access to electricity, but no piped water, and gets three meals a day.

She incurs transportation costs to and from Kawala. She works in a semi-urban area which is on the outskirts of Kampala. Gorreth works seven days a week, receiving an average of twenty-five customers a day. She sells to all categories of people, at both retail and wholesale prices.

Gorreth owns a canteen at the Nakulabye Church of Uganda primary school. Her major business challenges include the ever-increasing prices of cooking oil, baking powder, charcoal and the rainy season, which hinders her customers from reaching her because she works from an open place. Her monthly expenses include rent, feeding the family and medication.

She has been in this business for seven years and with MCDT for four years, now servicing her seventh loan. Gorreth joined MCDT because it was near her home and the group was easy to work with. She wants to use this loan to buy more baking powder and cooking oil. She is hoping to see her business grow bigger, and she would like to start distributing samosas, chapatti and pan cakes to different nearby schools.

Additional Information


This loan is administered by MCDT SACCO, a savings and credit institution operating in Kampala, Uganda. The mission of MCDT SACCO is to provide sustainable financial services to the lower strata of Uganda's poor, especially women, for their economic and social development. MCDT's cooperative structure also affords its clients the opportunity to own shares of the organization and benefit from its financial performance. For more on MCDT SACCO, please see our partner page at, and join our lending team, Friends of MCDT SACCO, at

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  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 206
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    Uganda Loans Fundraising
  • $31,377,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,865.0
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $275 helped Gorreth to buy more cooking oil, flour and baking powder.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 17, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 15, 2010