By Claudine Emeott, KF14, Nepal

Yesterday marked BPW Patan’s first microcredit fair, which gathered 50 of BPW’s women borrowers to showcase their products.

"Heartly" Indeed: BPW Lovingly and Proudly Showcases its Borrowers

BPW’s director, Urmila Shrestha, confided that this fair has been a dream of hers for the last two years, but she was nervous about pulling together the resources — both money and manpower — in order to make it a success.

Thanks to the hard work of Urmila and her fellow staff over the last several months, success was the theme of the fair today, from the individual stories of the borrowers to the realization of the fair itself. Urmila’s smile is proof:

Urmila Shrestha, Director of BPW Patan

The event started with a brief welcome by BPW board members and a keynote speech by Dr. Chintamani Yogi, who took a slight spiritual bent with his address. He urged the audience to appreciate the goodness in small things, repeating the phrase “small is beautiful” both in Nepali and English (thank you, Dr. Yogi) and praising BPW borrowers for their successful small businesses.

After the opening ceremonies concluded, the rest of the day unfolded with a steady stream of visitors pouring in to buy organic vegetables, homemade pickle, spices, grains, and many different kinds of handicrafts. Below are some highlights of the products on display:

Handmade Notebooks

Handknit Key Chains

Sundried Mustard Greens

Turmeric Powder

Pink Radishes


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