A loan of $350 helped to buy a young milk-giving cow.


Maya's story

Maya is 35 years old. She is married and has three children, aged 18, 13 and 11. In 2000, she established her cow-raising business. Working 7 days a week and 4 hours a day, she supports her family. She has already received and successfully repaid 7 loans from Patan BPW and used her most recent loan to buy a young milk-giving cow. In the future, Maya plans to uplift the economic condition of her family. She thanks you for your support. Dairy cows are an important source of nutrition and income in Nepal. Cows are never raised for beef, but for their milk, from which curd (duy) and fresh cheese (paneer) are made. Jersey cows are the preferred breed for milking. On average, a dairy cow in Nepal will produce about 10 liters of milk each day. In the local market, a liter of milk sells for about USD $0.50. In addition to producing milk, cows provide dung that is used in home construction and as fuel for fires. Also, methane from the dung can be captured in methane storage tanks. The purchase of a dairy cow, made possible through a Kiva loan, is an investment that will repay itself many times over.



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