Sushama is a 40-year-old widowed woman. She got married to Mr. Basanta in 1995. She was happy with her children and her husband, a tractor driver. After 14 years of marriage, she lost her husband due to a cardiac arrest episode. At that time, she had a son aged eight years and a daughter aged five years.
She has been struggling since then to support her family. She started a snack and tea stall at her house, which is located quite close to the market. She cooks and sells local snacks and tea in the mornings and evenings, the general hours for such a business. She sells pan at a small scale during the rest of the day to fill her day and support her income. She hopes for a bright future for her children.
With the three years of experience in running the shop, she wants to expand her business to meet customer demand. She needs a loan of 30,000 INR to buy some utensils and stock up on raw materials like besan and oil for cooking her snacks, as well as buy new products like packaged snacks and wafers to stock in her betel shop. She also plans to buy some furniture to seat her customers as she sees an increase in her customer base. She says that the increased cash flow can change her life and provide better education to her children.
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About People's Forum
People’s Forum is a development organization based in Odisha, India that provides affordable loan products and support services to women. The organization distinguishes itself by reaching out to particularly marginalized groups, including leprosy-affected families, widows, single mothers, and disabled persons. People’s Forum will harness Kiva’s flexible, zero-interest capital to serve even more borrowers in one of the poorest regions of India.