A loan of $575 helped to buy raw materials for her statue-making business.

Gun Kehsari's story

Gun Keshari is 40 years old. She is married and has one child, age 17. In 2010, she established her brass religious statue making business. Working seven days a week and 10 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 raw materials for her business. In the future, Gun Keshari plans to improve 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. 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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