A loan of $175 helped to buy groceries for sale.


Gauri's story

Gauri is 50 years old. She is married and has two children, ages 30 and 26. In 2008, Gauri established her grocery store business, and she supports her family by working 7 days a week and 12 hours a day. 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 pasal use Kiva loans to increase their purchasing power and profit margins. By purchasing inventory in larger amounts, owners of these small stores are able to increase their profits. While a typical pasal might be no more than 100 sq. feet, they are always full of bargaining customers, incoming produce, and shrewd businesswomen.

Gauri has already received and successfully repaid one loan from BPW Patan, which she also used to buy groceries for her pasal. In the future, Gauri plans to improve the economic conditions of her family. She thanks you for your support.



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