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Mary is a young lady aged 37 from Kashari in Mbarara district. She got married at the early age of 16 years to a man who was 25 at the time. They stayed together for some years and produced five children. Later the man became very violent to the extent of beating her on a daily basis. Because of fear for her dear life she decided to divorce this man and went with the children to the nearby trading centre. Life became difficult as she had no source of income. So she decided to work in the neighborhood looking after their goat farms. She later saved some money from her wage and bought two goats, which later multiplied to become 20 goats.

Mary is requesting a loan of UGX 1,300,000 to build an extension on her house to accommodate her goats in order to increase their productivity as well boost income for the survival of the children. The extension will save her from the burden of living with goats in the same house, which may in turn result in an outbreak of disease for her young children.

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About Uganda

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 118
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    Uganda Loans Fundraising
  • $33,852,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,675.0
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Mary to add an extension to her house.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 18, 2013
Mar 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 17, 2014