A loan of $425 helped to buy young dairy cows.


Sumitra's story

This is 48 year old Sumitra T.. She is married and has 3 children between the ages of 24 and 18. In 2008, she established a business raising cows. Working 7 days a week and 5 hours a day, she supports her family. She has already received and successfully repaid 5 loans from Patan BPW and used her most recent to buy a young dairy cow. In the future, Sumitra plans to uplift the economic conditions of her family. She thanks you for your support.

Dairy cows are an important source of nutrition and income in Nepal. Cows are never raised for beef, but for their milk from which curd (duy) and fresh cheese (paneer) are made. Jersey cows are the preferred breed for milking. On average, a dairy cow in Nepal will produce about 10 liters of milk each day. In the local market, a liter of milk sells for about USD $0.50. In addition to producing milk, cows provide dung that is used in home construction, as fuel for fires, and can be captured in methane storage tanks. The purchase of a dairy cow, made possible through a Kiva loan, is an investment that will repay itself many times over.

This loan was administered by Kiva's local partner MFI, Patan Business and Professional Women. Patan BPW became Kiva's first field partner in Nepal in 2007. Patan BPW operates throughout the Kathmandu Valley, offering microcredit and business training programs to low-income women. In addition to providing economic opportunity to their clients, Patan BPW seeks to empower Nepali women within the home and community. For more information about Patan BPW, visit our partner page and keep an eye out for new loans and borrower updates.



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