Surja Maiya Maharjan- Thecho, Nepal
Ms. Maharjan lives in the village of Thecho, just outside the capital city of Kathmandu in the district of Lalitpur. Thecho is a predominately Newari village, inhabited by the descendants one of the Kathmandu Valley’s indigenous groups. Like most village residents, Ms. Maharjan and her family rely on agricultural production to meet their basic needs. Ms. Maharjan lives with her husband and one son. Together, they supplement their income through the sale of chickens. With the help of her BPW loan, Surja Maiya has invested in stock and supplies to grow her business.