Mary is a resident of Mariakani, Kenya. She has one child. Mary owns a retail shop, which she has run for the last ten years. In addition to this business, Mary also owns a bar. She started the two business investments from her personal savings.
Mary was introduced to Kiva partner Milango by her friends and she joined in order to access credit. She is applying for a loan of 73,100 KES to add furniture to her bar business and retail stock to her shop, e.g. eggs, diapers and bulbs. She believes the business has a bright future and even intends to repay the loan in a short time to qualify for a higher loan for future plans.
Despite the challenge of high transportation costs and inflation, Mary aspires to grow her retail business into wholesale. She will use the additional income obtained from the business for advertising her business and carrying out minor repairs.