In 2008, Loden began supporting aspiring entrepreneurs in Bhutan through interest and collateral-free loans. Today, Loden has supported over 200 entrepreneurs in Bhutan in a wide range of sectors. We have done so through support from our generous donors and also in partnership with other organizations through various funding windows.

The Loden Entrepreneurship Programme (LEP) offers interest and collateral free loans that are repayable over three years after an initial repayment holiday of 3 – 6 months. The term of repayment will be linked to the nature of the business, for instance the period can be extended to a year for an agricultural proposal where there is a growing and maturity cycle. Most types of business will be considered for support, whether in service, farming or manufacturing sectors, provided they comply with Buddhist principles and are expected to create employment opportunities.

Selected business ideas can avail loans up to maximum of Nu 1.5 million. Although no security is sought, we do require a guarantor.

The ‘Call for Business Proposals’ are made twice a year , around Spring and Fall seasons. During this time, aspiring Bhutanese entrepreneurs are invited to submit business proposals and other necessary documents listed in the detailed announcement. Business proposals are reviewed and shortlisted by a panel of judges comprising of Bhutanese and international business experts. The final shortlisted applicants are then called for a final round of interviews.

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