A loan of $375 helped to buy wood to make furniture.


Astamaiya's story

Astamaiya D. is 50 and married with three children aged 27, 25 and 18. In 2000, she established her furniture-making business. Working seven days a week, 9 hours a day, she suports her family. She has already received, and successfully repaid, three loans from Patan BPW and used her most recent loan to purchase wood and timber. In the future, Astamaiya plans to send her children to private school. She thanks you for your support.

In Nepal, furniture is still made the old-fashioned way. Using little more than basic hand tools, skilled artisans make raw lumber into beautifully finished pieces of furniture. With precision and an eye for detail, furniture makers produce shelves, bed frames, and cabinet sets. With the help of a Kiva loan, a a furniture maker is able to increase the volume of lumber purchases or hire additional labor. This additional leverage allows an entrepreneur to increase productivity and profitability.

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.



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