A loan of $525 helped to increase her store's inventory by purchasing additional foodstuffs (e.g., assorted drinks, sugar, bottled mineral water, and biscuits).

Mary's story

Mary T. is a 44-year-old married woman with two children, both of whom are in school. She owns and operates a grocery shop in her neighborhood, where she sells items such as sugar, vegetable oil, bottled water, pastries (which she proudly states that she prepares herself), powdered milk, and biscuits.

She is now seeking a loan because she would like to increase her store's inventory by purchasing more crates of assorted drinks, bags of sugar, cartons of vegetable oil, and boxes of biscuits. In turn, she hopes to increase her savings to support her children while they are in school.

Mary belongs to the community group known as the God is Good Trust Group. In this group, members guarantee each other's loans as social collateral (i.e., if one member does not promptly repay her portion of the loan, then the other members are responsible for curing the arrears), and they provide support for one another to repay their respective loans.

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