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Mariam lives in Kampala, Uganda. She is married and has 5 children, four of whom are in school. Mariam has a beauty salon business. She has been in this business for 7 years, and she works 6 days out of every week. Mariam sells her products at the market, by means of retail. Mariam has requested a loan of 1500000 Ugandan Shillings from MCDT SACCO, which she will use to buy more boxes of cream relaxers, hair dryer, weaves and braids. She also generates additional income through selling maize bran and soda.

The main business challenges for Mariam include transportation and seasonality. Her goals and aspirations for her business are to own a fully stocked beauty salon. Mariam lives in a home that she owns; she has access to electricity and doesn't have access to piped water. Her major monthly expenses include paying school fees and medication.

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
  • 203
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    Uganda Loans Fundraising
  • $31,373,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,315.0
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $650 helped Mariam to buy more boxes of cream relaxers, hair dryer, weaves and braids.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2012