Mariam lives in Kampala, Uganda. She is married with four children, all of whom attend school. She is not looking after any additional members of the family.
Mariam has been selling charcoal in the market at wholesale and retail for ten years, working seven days a week. She does not earn any additional income. She has requested a loan of 700,000 Ugandan shillings from MCDT-SACCO to enable her to purchase more bags of charcoal to sell.
Mariam's challenges include seasonality of supply and transportation. Her dream is to be able to collect the charcoal from the village herself. She joined MCDT because she needed a hand in raising capital for her business. She stays in a rented house without access to both electricity and piped water. Her major monthly expenses include school fees and rent.
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.