Suma’s Tailoring Shop

Suma is 28 years old. She lives with her fifty-five-year-old husband and their son. When they first moved to a new region in Nepal, they were empty handed. Starting a new life was very hard and they were only able to eat 1 meal a day. Suma took a tailoring course for a year and after 2 years, managed to open a small tailoring shop.

She heard about the My Business My Freedom Program from a woman near her who had taken a microloan under the program about one and a half years ago. She asked the group leader to include her in their group and after training in small business management and budgeting, received her first loan. The added capital enabled her to increase the stock in her shop, consequently helping her sales increase. She has since paid back her first microloan and has taken a second. With her latest capital funding, she purchased a quality sewing machine and more stock for her shop. She earns 800 rupees [US$7] from the tailoring and 500 rupees [US$4] from a clothes store daily. This has helped to improve her household. As such, she plans to continue and hopefully expand her shop in the future.

Suma hopes to maintain the trust that her group has in her by repaying her microloan on time. As a young woman she is happy to have the resources and capacity to be independent and is grateful to the My Business My Freedom Program for empowering her.

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