A loan of $525 helped hire a lorry to carry charcoal to her store.


Mary's story

Two years ago, Mary K. got her first loan from Sudan Microfinance. That was when she started a business selling charcoal in small quantities. Her business nearly failed due to the demolition of her house which was in the way of a new road. Nevertheless, she fully repaid her loan to Sudan Microfinance.

Mary has now joined the Kiva field partner, Brac South Sudan. She sells charcoal wholesale at her store and wants a loan to hire a lorry for the transportation of charcoal from the producers to her store. Mary is thirty-two years old and married to a businessman. She has three children who all attend school, and with the extra profits from her loan, she hopes to be able to pay school fees for her children.

BRAC's holistic approach to poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor encompasses a range of core programs in economic and social development, health, education, human rights and legal services, which are delivered through an extensive network of village organizations. BRAC has become one of the world's largest NGOs as measured by the scale and diversity of its interventions. In 2007, BRAC started operations in Southern Sudan. The microfinance program, which is targeted toward returning war refugees, has already formed 418 village organizations with more than 14,000 women members.



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