A loan of $325 helped to buy grocery goods for her business.

Sarswati's story

Sarswati is 40 years old. She is married and has three children aged 19, 15 and 10. In 2010, she established her grocery store business. Working 7 days a week and 12 hours a day, she supoorts her family. She has already received and successfully repaid five loans from Patan BPW and used her most recent to buys grocery goods for her business. In the future, Sarswati plans to uplift the economic conditon of her family. She thanks you for your support.

In the Kathmandu Valley, the small grocery stores, called pasals, are 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 margains. 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 sq. feet, they are always full of bargaining customers, incoming produce, and shrewd businesswomen.

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