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Mary Atim

City: Lira Taxi Park Country: Uganda Loan Use: Business expansion
Loan Term: 24 Date Posted:  First Repayment: March 29, 2019
Opportunity International Client Mary Atim

Mary Atim works hard to provide for her four children in the city of Lira, Uganda. But as a single mother, she faces many challenges. Many years ago, Mary turned her passion for sewing into a business and began making school uniforms for a living. However, her business sales were very inconsistent because school uniforms were typically only bought during one season throughout the year. Mary wanted to grow her business also to make women's and men's clothes but couldn't afford the costs of expansion. When Mary heard about the loan and financial training she could receive from Opportunity International, she knew she had found a solution to her dilemma. With her loan, she purchased a wider variety of fabrics in bulk and hired an employee to help her with production. This allowed her to expand the types of clothes she was making so that her shop would be appealing to more customers year-round. Mary is excited to see how quickly her business profits are growing because of this expansion, and she no longer struggles to provide for basic necessities or school fees for her children. She dreams of further expanding her business so that she can buy a plot of land to build a house for her family.

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