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


Ratna Shova's story

Ratna Shova is 45 years old. She is married and has two children, ages 28 and 24.

In 1998, she established her tailoring business. Working 6 days a week and 10 hours a day, she supoorts her family.

She has already received and successfully repaid six loans from Patan BPW. She used her most recent to buy raw materials for her tailoring business.

In the Kathmandu Valley, clothing is made to order. Tailor 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 and men's daura surwal. With a Kiva loan, BPW borrowers are able to purchase additional cloth material or sewing machines that will increase production and profitability.

In the future, Ratna Shova plans to uplift the economic condition of her family. She thanks you for your support.



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