A loan of $4,425 helped a member mary would buy another boat and a fishing net with her part of this group loan.


Akumu Mary, Bugolo Group's story

People are really struggling to better their standards of living and this is what Mary A., a member of the Bugolo Lending Group, is going through but it’s paying. She sells "mukene" (a small silvery fish) wholesale, meaning she works hand-in-hand with her husband in fishing. Though at times she stays behind to dry up the fish and deal with customers.

Some of her group members are her customers in a business she has been running for five years. She sells a basin of the fish for $3.00 and on a good day she can sell over 50 basins. Really, fishing is best for men but, to Mary, this is business. She needs a loan to be able to buy another boat and a fishing net, as well as build a house in the plot they bought previously. She is so grateful for the group loans.

In this group: Mary, Ahmed, Hamida, Rehemah, Goeffrey, James, Juma, Alice, Muhungu, Margaret, Isma, Ruth, Hakim, Musa, Monica
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