A loan of $2,550 helped music video production.


Mary's story

Ever since Mary was a young girl she has loved to sing. In 2005 she began studying music and eventually released a single in 2006. With a full length Gospel CD in 2007 her hobby turned into a business. Mary writes and performs Christian Gospel Swahili music in South Boston where she has close ties to the African community. Mary sells her music through concerts as well as her website.

Mary has recently received a second loan from ACCION USA to finish producing a series of music videos. She hopes to break into the large market in East Africa where videos, and not music albums, generate revenue and reach more listeners.

She hopes to reach millions of Swahili speakers in countries like Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda. In addition, she recently noticed that there’s a big market in the United States for her music, that goes beyond the African communities with whom she has close ties. Mary says many people who buy her CD don’t speak Swahili, “but they like the beat.” She currently performs all over Boston and has also performs at large community benefits and fundraisers.


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