A loan of $450 helped to buy grocery goods for her store.


Rekha's story

Rekha is 31 years old . She is married and has two children aged 12 and 4. In 2004, she established her grocery store business. Working seven days a week and 12 hours a day, she supports her family. She has already received and successfully repaid four loans from Patan BPW and used her most recent one to expand the inventory of her store. In the future, Rekha plans to uplift the economic condition of her family. She thanks you for your support. Note: In the Kathmandu Valley, small grocery stores, called "pasal", are an important part of the local economy. Fresh produce, milk, and staples such as rice, lentils, and flour are purchased daily for cooking in the home. Owners of small grocery stores use Kiva loans to increase their purchasing power and profit margins. By keeping inventory strong and purchasing in larger amounts, owners of these small stores are able to increase profitability. While a typical "pasal" might be no more than 100 sq. feet, they are always full of bargaining customers, incoming produce, and shrewd businesswomen.



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