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Mary is a single mother of four children. None of her children go to school. She has been in her business for 20 years. She has a business selling mats, handwoven caps and baskets. She has applied for a loan of 1,200,000 Ugandan shillings from MCDT-SACCO to buy more baskets, mats and handwoven caps. She goes from door-to-door selling those crafts and works six days a week. Mary generates additional income by selling tomatoes. Her major business challenges include the rainy season and thieves. She hopes to see her business grow big so that she can own a permanent place for it.

Mary lives in her own house. Her family has no access to electricity or piped water. Her monthly expenses include food for feeding the family.

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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, and join our lending team, Friends of MCDT SACCO, at

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  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 120
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    Uganda Loans Fundraising
  • $33,830,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,479.0
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD