A loan of $350 helped to buy grocery goods to sell.


Rasmi's story

Rasmi is 25 years old. She is married and has two children, who are six and three years old. In 2011, she established her grocery store business. Working seven days a week and 12 hours a day, she supports her family. She has already received and successfully repaid five loans from Patan BPW and used her most recent loan to buy grocery goods for her business. In the future, Rasmi plans to uplift the economic condition of her family. She thanks you for your support.

In the Kathmandu Valley, the small grocery store, called a pasal, is 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 small grocery stores use Kiva loans to increase their purchasing power and profit margins. By keeping inventory strong and purchasing in larger amounts, owners of these small stores are able to increase profitability. While a typical pasal might be no more than 100 square feet, they are always full of bargaining customers, incoming produce and shrewd businesswomen.



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