A loan of $425 helped to purchase clothing and soft drinks in bulk.

Mary's story

Mambo (Hello!) from Mbeya, Tanzania! This is 23-year-old Mary M.. She is married and has two children, ages 5 and 10.

In 2006, Mary established her soft drink and clothing business. Mary requires a loan in order to purchase more soft drinks and to expand her range of clothing. She thanks you for your support.

It is said that Coca Cola® is one of the most recognized symbols or ‘words’ in the world. And it’s true. Even in the most remote villages in Africa, there is usually some kind of ‘bar’ selling Coke, Fanta, and Guiness (Pepsi has made it to most African capitals but not to the sticks, but I’m sure they’re working on it!). The hot weather makes soft drinks all the more appealing; a very cheap marketing tool! All of which explains why selling soft drinks is such a popular venture, whether you’re the CEO of Coca Cola Ltd in the United States or a micro-entrepreneur in Tanzania!

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