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Mary is a 34-year-old single woman. She has no children of her own, but she is the caretaker of three of her late brother's children. She also takes care of her grandmother. She is a teacher, a counselor and a scout national trainer.

Mary is also a proud Solar Sister. Solar Sisters are female entrepreneurs who sell portable solar lanterns to their communities. As a Solar Sister, Mary has learned marketing and business skills.

With the extra income she earns as a Solar Sister, Mary is able to support the orphaned children under her care.

Mary dreams of becoming a superstar in solar product distribution. She would also like to buy cows and construct a permanent house for her grandmother.

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More information about this loan

This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit

About Solar Sister

Solar Sister is a nonprofit organization that distributes clean, affordable solar technology while empowering women with economic opportunity. The organization sells a variety of solar products through a growing sales network of local women. It provides each of them with a “business in a bag” containing approximately ten products to be sold at a profit. Saleswomen repay Solar Sister for this initial inventory on a monthly basis.

Kiva loans are used to fund these upfront inventory kits, allowing Solar Sister to invest more of its revenue in growth. During the course of this loan, this Solar Sister Entrepreneur will sell the inventory she purchases with these funds, repay Solar Sister, and access more product. Borrowers that are reliable saleswomen may leverage these loan funds multiple times during the course of this loan.

About Uganda

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 119
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    Uganda Loans Fundraising
  • $33,852,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,699.9
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Mary to purchase solar-powered lanterns to sell in her community.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Nov 11, 2012
Dec 11, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 7, 2014