A loan of $225 helped to purchase seeds and fertilizers for cultivation of ribbed gourds.


Maya Rani's story

Maya lives in Dhupguri in Jalpaiguri district with her husband and two children (one son and one daughter). She is 57 years old and has a primary education. Her husband Paresh is a 58-year-old farmer who studied up to grade eight. One of their children is a university student. They live in their own kachha house (made of straw, mud and bamboo). Maya's husband has an agricultural farm where he grows different vegetables in different seasons. He is visionary and focused. He has been involved in this business for the last 10 years. He struggles hard to grow good quality vegetables to satisfy his customers. His land is very fertile and productive. Maya is also a hardworking and energetic lady. They need to expand their agribusiness but the main obstacle is capital. So, Maya has taken a loan from BJS (Kiva’s partner) to cultivate ribbed gourd on their farmland. She wants to use the loan to purchase seeds, fertilizers and other necessary agricultural inputs to start the cultivation. She has chosen this crop as there is a high demand for this crop in their locality. Her goals are to strengthen their family business and economy. She thanks her lenders for helping her by giving her the loan.



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