A loan of $150 helped to buy seeds and fertilizers.

Tara Devi's story

This is 28-year-old Tara Devi P.. She is married and has two children aged 15 and 12. In 2000, she established her vegetable-farming business and, working seven days a week and five hours a day, she supports her family.

Tara Devi has already received and successfully repaid one loan from Patan BPW. She used this most recent loan to purchase seed and fertilizers for her business. In the future, she plans to uplift the economic condition of her family. She thanks you for your support.

Over 70% 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, Patan BPW's borrowers are able to purchase greater amounts of seed and fertilizer, which enables them to grow cash crops to sell in the local market. Such crops allow households to move beyond subsistence and provide much-needed cash income throughout the year.

About Patan BPW:
This loan was administered by Kiva's local partner in Nepal: micro-finance institution, Patan Business and Professional Women. Patan BPW became Kiva's first field partner in Nepal in 2007. It operates throughout the Kathmandu Valley, offering microcredit and business training programs to low-income women.

In addition to providing economic opportunity to its clients, Patan BPW seeks to empower Nepali women within the home and community.

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