Gauri is 50 years old. She is married and has two children, ages 30 and 26. In 2008, Gauri established her grocery store business, and she supports her family by working 7 days a week and 12 hours a day. In the Kathmandu Valley, small grocery stores, called pasal, are an important part of the local economy. Fresh produce, milk, and staples such as rice, lentils, and flour are purchased daily for cooking in the home. Owners of pasal use Kiva loans to increase their purchasing power and profit margins. By purchasing inventory in larger amounts, owners of these small stores are able to increase their profits. While a typical pasal might be no more than 100 sq. feet, they are always full of bargaining customers, incoming produce, and shrewd businesswomen.
Gauri has already received and successfully repaid one loan from BPW Patan, which she also used to buy groceries for her pasal. In the future, Gauri plans to improve the economic conditions of her family. She thanks you for your support.
About BPW Patan
This loan was administered by Kiva's Field Partner, Patan Business and Professional Women. BPW Patan became Kiva's first Field Partner in Nepal in 2007. BPW Patan is continuing to operate after the serious earthquake which took place in Nepal in April 2015. Given the difficult circumstances borrowers and partners face post-natural disasters, these loans may therefore carry additional risk. BPW Patan operates throughout the Kathmandu Valley, offering microcredit, business training, and literacy classes to low-income women in both urban and rural areas. BPW Patan uses a group lending methodology, which not only allows women without collateral to access finance, but also provides members with a valuable support system. In addition to providing economic opportunities to its clients, BPW Patan seeks to empower Nepali women within their homes and communities. For more information about BPW Patan, visit the BPW Patan Partner Page and keep an eye out for new loans and borrower updates. Also, please consider joining the BPW Patan Lending Team to show your support.