Anamika works very hard to support her family. Her husband sells beetle nuts (a kind of mouth freshener used in rural areas). In their spare time both Anamika and her husband make clay idols of gods and goddesses.
Anamika has been engaged in this business for about ten years. She and her husband give hard labour to this business. Anamika's husband has good experience in the field. But this is a seasonal business and they earn very little from it; hardly enough for maintaining their family's household. If they can invest more, it will earn a good profit.
Anamika heard from her neighbours that BJS ( Kiva's partner) gives loans to rural women for business. So she has taken a loan from BJS to purchase necessary materials for their business such as clay, colors, brushes, cloths, etc.
Anamika is an enterprising woman and she hopes to be able to increase her business and as well as her earnings so that she can fulfill their customers’ needs and improve their living conditions.
She is grateful to Kiva and BJS.
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This loan targets women in the financially underserved parts of India. With a largely rural population, the Jalpaiguri district in the state of West Bengal is severely lacking in infrastructure and is one of the poorest districts in Eastern India. This loan enables female entrepreneurs to maintain their current businesses in an area that is under-developed and poorly served by financial institutions.
Important Note About This LoanDue to Indian government regulations, if you fund this loan, you will not be repaid for at least 3 years. This borrower will likely repay your loan much sooner than that, in which case, the Field Partner may re-loan your funds to help other local borrowers. We want you to be aware of this minimum 3-year waiting period and the associated risks before making a loan to Indian borrowers on Kiva. Learn More >
About Belghoria Janakalyan Samity
Belghoria Janakalyan Samity (BJS) is a non-profit organization located in India that focuses on poverty alleviation through women’s empowerment. The organization is remarkable in its commitment to the holistic development of some of the poorest districts of West Bengal and goes further than most of its competitors in offering vital access to social services like child schooling, medical services and financial literacy training in addition to credit. Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to create new loans for clients, expand the reach of the organization into more rural areas, and deepen the scope of BJS’s non-financial services that provide key support to the surrounding communities.
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