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

Padma Laxmi's story

Padma Laxmi is 42 years old. She is married and has 2 children, age 25 and 22. In 2000, she established her business of making religious statues. Working 6 days a week and 8 hours a day, she supports her family. She has already received and successfully repaid 5 loans from Patan BPW, and used her most recent to buy raw materials for her business. In the future, Padma Laxmi plans to uplift the economic condition 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. Terracotta 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 their profit margin.

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