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Mary is 37 years old, married with 7 children, and she cares for 5 orphans. She both farms and sells second hand clothes. Most people in rural areas farm a small plot of land next to their home, just enough for their family. They are sustenance farmers. Since there are no jobs, unless you start up your own business, sustenance farming is a necessity. The land in Kiyinde is quite fertile, so there is no problem with supplying your family with the basic staple foods, add a few chickens and some fish from Lake Victoria and life is pretty good. The developed world has a view of poverty in the developing world that is largely skewed by marketing.

Mary supplies the family with some income by also selling second hand clothing. She will travel several hours to Kampala and buy a bale of clothes for a set amount. A bale can contain several hundred items of used clothing. She will separate the items and set up a stand in her village to resell them for a small profit. With her loan she will pay her children’s school fees and continue buying bales for resale.

About Uganda

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 131
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    Uganda Loans Fundraising
  • $33,852,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,705.0
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Mary mary plans to use her loan to continue buying more bales of used clothing for resale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 29, 2007
Dec 15, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 30, 2008