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Mary is from Kenya. She has 3 children. She needs a loan of $250 to buy hair products.
Mary operates a hair salon in Katito, Kenya. She lacks money to buy more products that will allow her to provide a wide variety of services to her clients.
With a loan from World Vision, Mary will buy hair products to use in her salon. Once she is able to provide more services, she expects that her clientele base will grow. She hopes to make enough income to sustain her family's basic needs like food and perhaps even pay for fees for her children to attend school. Mary dreams of growing her business large enough that she can hire other members of her community to help in the salon.
In areas where the poor live alongside the more affluent, businesses in the service sector can be very successful. Services include flower cultivation, tailoring/sewing, transportation, repair work, beauty salons and barber shops, and restaurants. Loans are needed to begin, expand, or sustain business with tools and supplies. Loans given to entrepreneurs in the service sector account for around 7% of our loans.
Katito is a hill in Kenya with an average elevation of 5,000 feet. Summers are warm and rainfall is irregular. There is a high rate of HIV infection in Katito. Poverty has left most families and particularly children very susceptible to disease. Lack of fresh water is a major issue. Many dams are contaminated. Some residents treat the water at home while others drink as is.
Children are considered a valuable resource. A large family means more hands to help on the farm and ensures parents will be taken care of in their old age. With long distances between home and school and children needing to help on the farm, many do not get to attend school.
World Vision focuses on education, immunizations, HIV and AIDS prevention education, food security, and sanitation.
Thank you for supporting a small business loan for Mary Ogogo to expand her business where she owns beauty salon. After receiving the loan from World Vision, she invested the $250 to buy hair products.
Mary has been repaying her loan on time with her new profits. She makes weekly payments of $10. In addition to repaying her loan, Mary is using additional income to pay school fees and buy supplies in bulk. Mary's 3 children continue to study in school. Thank you for supporting Mary and World Vision Micro!