A loan of $350 helped to buy grocery goods.


Shanti's story

Shanti is 27 years old. She is married and has one child, aged 11. In 2003, she established her grocery store business. Working 7 days a week and 10 hours a day, she supports her family. She has already received and successfully repaid 6 loans from Patan BPW and used her most recent to buy grocery goods for her business. In the future, Shanti plans to uplift the economic condition of her family. She thanks you for your support. In the Kathmandu Valley, the small grocery store, called a pasal, is 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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