A loan of $150 helped to purchase potato seeds and fertilizers for cultivating potatoes.

Aleya's story

Aleya is married to Sahajahan. She is only 25 years old and blessed with one daughter. Her husband is a 25-year-old farmer. Aleya received education up to grade 8, whereas her husband studied up to grade 7. Their only daughter is a child and below the school-going age. They live in Dhupguri in the district Jalpaiguri in their own kachha house (made of straw, mud and bamboo).

Aleya's husband is an experienced farmer. He has been doing agricultural activities for a long time. He grows different seasonal vegetables which he sells in the local market. He is the only earning member for the family. Aleya helps her husband in his work, after managing her household work. But his income is so low that he can not afford a living based on that alone.

To continue running his agribusiness in a sustainable way, they have decided to cultivate potatoes on their farmland. But they need capital, which they do not have. Aleya wants to help her husband. She heard that BJS gives loans to rural women to start off business. So she has applied for a loan from them to purchase potato seeds and fertilizers to start cultivation. The product has got good demand in the market, so they think it will be a profitable business.

Aleya hopes that that additional income will help to give a decent lifestyle to the family, give good education to her daughter and upgrade their house to one made of concrete.

Aleya and her husband will be thankful to all the lenders (BJS and Kiva) for helping them to maintain the agribusiness.

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