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Maria lives in southern Senegal. Aged 50, she is married and has five children, who are all in school. Two are at the university, two are seniors in high school, and the fifth one is in year 4 of middle school. Maria capitalizes on four years of experience in commerce. She purchases palm oil, lime juice, and vegetables at the weekly markets, and then she resells them in her town. Through her business, she ensures that the school supplies and registrations fees are covered. Maria's ambition is to be a major merchant sending products and vegetables to Dakar and even abroad.
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Maria habite dans la région sud du Sénégal , mariée , âgée de 50 ans .Maria a 5 enfants qui sont tous à l'école:2sont à l’université 2 en classe de terminal et le 5eme est en classe de 4eme collège.Elle capitalise une expérience de 4 ans dans le commerce . Elle fait ses achats d'huile de palme,des jus de citrons des légume dans les marchés hebdomadaire pour venir revendre dans sa localité . Avec son commerce ,elle assure des fournitures et les frais d'inscriptions à l'école . Maria a comme ambition ,être une grande commerçante pour envoyer les produits et légumes à Dakar et même à l'extérieure .

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This loan is administered by UIMCEC, a Kiva Field Partner in Senegal since 2008. UIMCEC is a government-regulated microfinance institution whose mission is to improve the revenue and well-being of families through access to financial services, allowing principally women and young adult micro-entrepreneurs living in rural and semi-rural areas to develop their revenue-generating businesses and supporting them in becoming financially self-sufficient.


About Senegal

  • $2,300
    Average annual income
  • 21
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    Senegal Loans Fundraising
  • $14,733,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 507.2
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $800 helped Maria to purchase palm oil, lime juice, and vegetables to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 23, 2013
Jun 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2014