A loan of $425 helped to buy more goods to sell in a grocery store.

Mina's story

Mina is 50 years old, married and has two children who are 32 and 35 years old. In 2000, she opened a grocery store and now works seven days a week, 10 hours a day to support her family. She has already repaid four loans from Patan BPW and used her most recent one to buy goods to sell. She is very committed to improve her family's economic conditions and thanks Kiva lenders for their support.

In the Kathmandu Valley, small grocery stores called pasal are an important part of the local economy where people buy produce, milk, and staples such as rice, lentils, and flour to cook when they get home. Owners of small grocery stores use Kiva loans to increase their purchasing power and profit margins. By keeping inventory high and purchasing in larger amounts, owners of these small stores are able to increase their profitability. While a typical pasal might be no more than 100 sq. feet, they are always full of customers, produce, and shrewd businesswomen.

This loan was administered by Kiva's local partner MFI, the 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. Patan BPW also seeks to empower Nepali women within the home and community.

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