A loan of $300 helped to buy wood for her woodcarving business.

Laxmi's story

Laxmi is 53 years old. She is married and has two children, aged 30 and 25. In 2000, she established her woodcarving business. Working seven days a week and seven hours a day, she supports her family.

She has already received and successfully repaid seven loans from Patan BPW and used her most recent to buy wood and timber. In the future, Laxmi plans to uplift the economic conditions of her family. She thanks you for your support.

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.

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