A loan of $250 helped to purchase more variety of ground spices for her own business of ground spices, those which are used in Indian cookery.


Archana's story

Archana, a housewife of 48 years old, lives in Maynaguri with her husband and two children. Both of them had completed Madyamik, and their children are preparing themselves for a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) and H.S. (higher secondary). Her husband, Dhirendranath, is running a small business of ground spices used in Indian cookery. He buys the spices from the wholesale market and grinds them to sell door to door in the village area. Archana also helps him in packing the spices into different packets. Both of them work so hard, but their income is not sufficient to run their family. Moreover, her children’s educational expense is too high for them to afford, though she is totally concerned with their higher education. Archana chose this business because ground spices are in great demand in their village for daily cooking, and are also very profitable, but Archana is unable to earn their own profit as they have small variety of spices. Now she has applied to BJS (Kiva’s partner) for a loan to purchase more variety of ground spices, those which are used in Indian dishes. With the profit from this business, she hopes to expand her existing business by selling more spices door to door, as well as to the local market, which will enable her to be a good entrepreneur. Archana is thankful to Kiva and BJS, as they have funded her to prosper in her business field.



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