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Mrs. Sunita M. is a 31-year-old tailor in the town of Kritipur. Her husband's name is Anil M., and he works in private office. In addition, she has two daughters: one is 13 years old and is in grade 8 in school, while the other is 11 years old and is in grade 5.

She opened her tailoring shop 3 years ago, and she notes that she specializes in making custom-fitted ladies dresses (e.g., Kurta Sulwar, which are very popular with Nepali women). Before she started her own business, Mrs. M. completed a 6-month training course in tailoring from a tailor shop near her home.

She is requesting a loan in the amount of $225 in order to buy raw materials for her tailoring work. In turn, she expects to generate an increase in her shop's income, which she will use to improve her family's living conditions and to pay for her daughters' educations. In Nepal the cost of a good education is increasing, so Mrs. M. is saving her income to provide her daughters with such an education.

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About BPW Patan

This loan was administered by Kiva's Field Partner, Patan Business and Professional Women. BPW Patan became Kiva's first Field Partner in Nepal in 2007. BPW Patan is continuing to operate after the serious earthquake which took place in Nepal in April 2015. Given the difficult circumstances borrowers and partners face post-natural disasters, these loans may therefore carry additional risk. BPW Patan operates throughout the Kathmandu Valley, offering microcredit, business training, and literacy classes to low-income women in both urban and rural areas. BPW Patan uses a group lending methodology, which not only allows women without collateral to access finance, but also provides members with a valuable support system. In addition to providing economic opportunities to its clients, BPW Patan seeks to empower Nepali women within their homes and communities. For more information about BPW Patan, visit the BPW Patan Partner Page and keep an eye out for new loans and borrower updates. Also, please consider joining the BPW Patan Lending Team to show your support.

About Nepal

  • $2,400
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Nepal Loans Fundraising
  • $609,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 74.6
    Nepal Rupees (NPR) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $225 helped Sunita to expand and improve her tailoring business by purchasing additional raw materials.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 15, 2008
Dec 22, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2010