Rehema is 41 years old. She is married with seven children between the ages of 15 and 19 years. None of her children go to school because she couldn’t raise school fees. She owns a four-room house, where she is staying with six people. Rehema takes care of additional family members. The family has access to electricity, gets three meals a day, but do not have piped water.
Rehema has a stall selling fresh foods in Nakulabye. She incurs transport costs to and from buying her fresh food, such as sacks of bananas, sweet potatoes, cassava, onions and tomatoes. She works seven days a week in a semi urban area, which is on the outskirts of Kampala. She receives an average of 20 customers a day and sells to all categories of people both on the retail and wholesale markets. Her greatest monthly expenses include feeding her family, school fees for her children and monthly market dues. Her major business challenge is the rainy season which hinders her from reaching her customers. She has been in this business for ten years and with MCDT for five years. Rehema is servicing her tenth loan and working with the same groupmates. Rehema joined MCDT because it was near her home and was working with poor women. She wants to use this loan to buy more bunches of banana, sacks of cassava, boxes of tomatoes and onions. She would like to see her business grower bigger and to be able to sell only on the wholesale market.
About MCDT SACCO
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 http://www.kiva.org/partners/112, and join our lending team, Friends of MCDT SACCO, at http://www.kiva.org/team/friends_of_mcdt_sacco.