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


Sarswati's story

Sarswati is 53 years old. She is married and has 3 adult children, aged 36, 31, and 30. Many years ago, she established her grocery store. She supports her family by working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day. She has already received and successfully repaid 4 loans from Patan BPW and used her most recent loan to buy goods for her grocery business. In the future, she plans to raise her family's economic condition. She thanks you for your support.

In the Kathmandu Valley, 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 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 sq. feet, such stores are always full of bargaining customers, incoming produce, and shrewd businesswomen.



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