A loan of $225 helped to buy kitchen utensils for her business.


Babita's story

In Nepal, large supermarkets are rare. Instead, most items can be found in the small, densely packed 'pasals' that line the streets of every city and village. Piled high with utensils, paper goods, and anything else one could need, these stores are your one-stop shop in Nepal. Although usually packed into a space no larger than 100 square feet, these stores carry a sizeable and diverse inventory. With the help of a Kiva loan, pasal owners are able to keep their inventory up and their customers happy. Competition is fierce, but with extra capital and a bit of creativity, the opportunity for profit is there. Babita is 35 years old. She is married and has one child, who is six years old. In 2002, she established her kitchen utensil store business. Working seven days a week and 14 hours a day, she supports her family. She has already received and successfully repaid two loans from Patan BPW and used them to increase the inventory of her store. In the future, Babita plans to expand the business. She thanks you for your support.



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