A loan of $2,225 helped to buy mobile phones.


Mongolmaa's story

Mongolmaa O., 28, lives with her parents and younger sister in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Since 2007, she has been running a cellular phone sales business through a rented stall at the Tedy center. Tedy is the biggest cellular phone sales center in Ulaanbaatar.

When she began her retail business, her working capital was 1.5 million MNT ($1USD=1,600 MNT). She pays $230 monthly to rent her stall. Mongolmaa's average monthly income is 3 million MNT, and her average monthly profit from her business is 300,000 MNT. Once every three months she visits Ereen, a Chinese border city where many Mongolians who run businesses buy their goods, and brings back cheap cell phones to resell. Now, her working capital has increased to 5 million MNT. Her business has become quite successful. She is the only one in her family who brings in an income, as her parents are retired. Her younger sister is a university student and Mongolmaa pays for her tuition. "My sister will graduate from university next year. Then she will begin to work and become a salaried employee. At that time I hope my family's living condition will be improved," Mongolmaa says in Mongolian. She is a hard-working and humble personality. With this loan, she will buy more cellular phones.



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