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Sarswati
Sarswati is 50 years old. She is married and has four children, ages 31, 26, 24, and 23. Many years ago, she established her vegetable farming business. Working seven days a week and four hours a day in farming, she supports her family. She has already received and successfully repaid three loans from Patan BPW. She used this current loan to buy seed and fertilizers.

Sarswati plans to uplift the economic condition of her family in the future. She thanks you for your support.

Over 70% of Nepal's economy is agricultural. Typically, Nepali households grow crops on small plots of terraced land. Rice (bhat), lentils (daal), and vegetables (thakari) are the staples of the Nepali diet. With a Kiva loan, BPW's borrowers are able to purchase greater amounts of seed and fertilizer. With more seed and fertilizer, a borrower is able to grow cash crops that she can sell in the local market. Such crops allow households to move beyond subsistence and provide much-needed cash income throughout the year.

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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 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.

About Nepal

  • $1,500
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Nepal Loans Fundraising
  • $477,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 86.7
    Nepal Rupees (NPR) = $1 USD