A loan of $350 helped to buy materials for her craft business.


Cheri Maya's story

In 2000, Cheri Maya established her business making religious statues. She is 40 years old, married and has two children, ages 19 and 16. Working 7 days a week and 8 hours a day, she supports her family.

Nepal has a long and rich history of traditional handicrafts. Throughout the Kathmandu valley, skilled artisans produce unique pieces of art that reflect Nepal's cultural diversity. Terra cotta pottery comes from the red clay of the surrounding Himalayan foothills. Bronze and silver statuettes are formed using wax molds and intricate hand tool finishing. In Patan, Newari culture and traditions are reflected in the images and symbols etched into metal or formed in stone. With the help of a Kiva loan, Nepal's artisans are able to purchase raw materials in greater volume. This increase in volume allows a single artisan to work on several pieces at the same time while increasing her profit margin.

Cheri Maya has already received and successfully repaid seven loans from Patan BPW. She used her most recent loan to buy raw materials for her business. In the future, Cheri Maya plans to uplift the economic condition of her family. She thanks you for your support.



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