Durga Devi is 25 years old. She is married and has one child, aged nine. In 2009, she established her tailoring business. Working six days a week and eight hours a day, she supports her family. Durga Devi has already received and successfully repaid one loan from Patan BPW and is using her most recent loan to buy materials for her business. In the future, Durga Devi plans to uplift her family's economic condition. She thanks you for your support.
In the Kathmandu Valley, clothing is made to order. The streets are lined with tailor stalls where store owners sell material and work their sewing machines. These skilled tailors make school uniforms for children as well as the traditional women's kurta surwal and men's daura surwal. With a Kiva loan, Patan BPW borrowers are able to purchase additional cloth materials or sewing machines that will increase production and profitability.
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.