Sushila is 29 years old. She is married with two children, ages 10 and 9.
Many years ago, Sushila established her vegetable-farming business. Working seven days a week and four hours a day, she supports her family. She has already received and successfully repaid three loans from Patan BPW. She used her most recent loan to buy seeds and fertilizers.
In the future, Sushila plans to uplift the economic conditions of her family. She thanks you for your support.
Note: More than 70 percent 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 seeds and fertilizers. This enables a borrower to grow more crops to be sold in the local market, allowing households to move beyond subsistence. This loan will provide much-needed cash income throughout the year.
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.