Small is Beautiful: Microcredit Fair in Nepal

6 February 2011 at 06:00 6 comments

By Claudine Emeott, KF14, Nepal

Yesterday marked BPW Patan’s first microcredit fair, which gathered 50 of BPW’s women borrowers to showcase their products.

"Heartly" Indeed: BPW Lovingly and Proudly Showcases its Borrowers

BPW’s director, Urmila Shrestha, confided that this fair has been a dream of hers for the last two years, but she was nervous about pulling together the resources — both money and manpower — in order to make it a success.

Thanks to the hard work of Urmila and her fellow staff over the last several months, success was the theme of the fair today, from the individual stories of the borrowers to the realization of the fair itself. Urmila’s smile is proof:

Urmila Shrestha, Director of BPW Patan

The event started with a brief welcome by BPW board members and a keynote speech by Dr. Chintamani Yogi, who took a slight spiritual bent with his address. He urged the audience to appreciate the goodness in small things, repeating the phrase “small is beautiful” both in Nepali and English (thank you, Dr. Yogi) and praising BPW borrowers for their successful small businesses.

After the opening ceremonies concluded, the rest of the day unfolded with a steady stream of visitors pouring in to buy organic vegetables, homemade pickle, spices, grains, and many different kinds of handicrafts. Below are some highlights of the products on display:

Handmade Notebooks

Handknit Key Chains

Sundried Mustard Greens

Turmeric Powder

Pink Radishes

Entry filed under: blogsherpa, KF14 (Kiva Fellows 14th Class), Nepal, Patan Business and Professional Women (BPW). Tags: , , .

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  • 1. Lamorna  |  9 May 2012 at 01:14

    gosh the colours are so amazing – would love to have been there. what a great initiative and wonderful to see so many women succeeding in their small businesses. small is surely beautiful!

  • 2. Nepal crafts  |  12 April 2011 at 04:25

    Really nice to see women empowerment through micro credit provided to them to run small business.

  • 3. Anonymous  |  14 February 2011 at 08:43

    What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • 4. Brian  |  7 February 2011 at 18:51

    Wow. The vibrant colors appear to reflect a vibrant culture of entrepreneurship. Very inspiring.

  • 5. Claudine Emeott  |  6 February 2011 at 08:30

    Antonia, I wish you could have been with us too! It was an amazing day. I am glad, though, that I could share the story and photos with you.

  • 6. Antonia - Switzerland  |  6 February 2011 at 07:45

    Claudine – this was a wonderfully enjoyable post. I wish I could have been there 🙂 Thank you sooo much for posting it.

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