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Mariam N. lives in the Kawempe neighborhood in the city of Kampala, Uganda. She is single and has five children, all of whom are in school.

Mariam has a retail shop business. She has been in this business for ten years, and she works six days out of every week. Mariam sells her products in a shop, by means of wholesale/retail. She has requested a loan of 2,000,000 Ugandan Shillings from Kiva partner, MCDT SACCO, which she will use to buy more bags of sugar, cartons of salt, boxes of soap and cooking oil. She also generates additional income through poultry farming.

The main business challenges for Mariam include transportation and seasonality. Her goals and aspirations for her business are to own a delivery van. Mariam lives in a home that she owns; she has access to electricity and piped water. Her major monthly expenses include feeding the family and paying utility bills and school fees.

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

About Uganda

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 269
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    Uganda Loans Fundraising
  • $31,080,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,375.0
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $850 helped Mariam to buy more sugar, salt, soap and cooking oil.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 7, 2011
Apr 19, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 20, 2011