A loan of $175 helped to pay the rent and buy materials for her laundry shop.


Kumkum's story

Kumkum is a 40-year-old hardworking woman who lives with her husband and their one son in a small village of Kandi, West Bengal. Kumkum is a mother of a son; her son reads in grade 5. Her husband works in a paper shop. Kumkum runs a laundry from her home.

Kumkum washes and presses garments. Her neighbors are the main customers, and she is well known in her community for her good services. Now she wants to rent a shop in the market to serve more customers, but she does not have sufficient money for that.

Thus, Kumkum is seeking a microfinance loan from BJS (Kiva’s partner) to pay the rent and buy detergents, a new iron machine, etc. for her laundry business. She hopes there will be a larger increase in profit through the utilization of this loan.

Kumkum is very thankful to the lenders for their financial assistance.



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