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A loan of $300 helped to purchase solar-powered lanterns to sell in her community.

Mary's story

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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