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Mariam is married and has five children; only one of her children goes to school. She takes care of additional family members (grand children). She has applied for a loan of 1,000,000 Uganda shillings from MCDT-SACCO to buy more sacks of charcoal. She has been in this business for 10 years and works from home seven days a week. She sells to all categories of people by retail.

Mariam's major business challenges include thieves and seasonality. She is aspiring to see her business grow larger so that she can become a wholesaler. She also hopes to build rental houses. She resides in her own house and the family has access to electricity but not to piped water. Her monthly expenses include school fees and 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
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    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD