Sarah is 28 years-old and married with no children. She resides in a rented one room house where she stays with five people. Sarah takes care of additional family members. The family has access to electricity and piped water and gets three meals a day.
Sarah is a tailor in Makerere Kikoni zone. She sews all types of clothes and knits sweaters. She incurs transport costs from shopping in Kikuubo, one of the busiest places in Kampala City. She works in a semi-urban area which is in the outskirts of Kampala She works six days a week, receives an average of 10 customers a day and sells both retail and wholesale. Her greatest monthly expenses are feeding her family and accommodation. Her major business challenges are transportation of clothing materials and defaulters. Sarah has been in this business for ten years and with Kiva partner MCDT for two years and is now servicing her fourth loan, working with the same group mates. Sarah joined MCDT because it was near her home and was working with poor women. She wants to use this loan to buy more cloth and thread. She hopes to see her business grow bigger so she can sell only wholesale and start a tailoring school.
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.