A loan of $300 helped to buy seed and fertilizer for her vegetable farming business.

Radika's story

Radika is 50 years old. She is married and has three children, aged 30, 27 and 21. Many years ago, she established her vegetable farming business. Working 7 days a week and 4 hours a day, she supports her family. She has already received and successfully repaid six loans from Patan BPW. She used her most recent loan to buy seed and fertilizer for her business. In the future, Radika plans to uplift the economic condition of her family. She thanks you for your support.

Over 70% of Nepal's economy is agricultural. Typically, Nepali households grow crops on small plots of terraced land. Rice (bhat), lentils (daal), and vegetables (thakari) are the staples of the Nepali diet. With a Kiva loan, BPW's borrowers are able to purchase greater amounts of seed and fertilizer. With more seed and fertilizer, a borrower is able to grow cash crops to be sold in the local market. Such crops allow households to move beyond subsistence and provide much-needed cash income throughout the year.

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