A loan of $425 helped to buy raw materials for her tailoring work.


Cheri Mai's story

Cheri Mai M. is 50 years old, and married, with 2 children aged 18 and 15. In 1995, she established her tailoring business. Working 7 days a week and 6 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 purchase raw materials for her tailoring business. In the future, Cheri Mai plans to uplift the economic condition of her family. She thanks you for your support. In the Kathmandu Valley, clothing is made to order. Tailoring stalls line the streets where store owners sell material and work their sewing machines. These skilled tailors make school uniforms for children as well as the the traditional women's kurta surwal (a long tunic worn over baggy pants) and men's daura surwal, a traditional outfit. With a Kiva loan, BPW borrowers are able to purchase additional cloth material or sewing machines that will increase production 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 its 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. Also, join our lending team: BPW Lending Team.



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