Mili is a 25-year-old differently-abled girl staying with her parents and her younger brother and sister. Her father, Jugal, is a contractor who takes small orders for building village roads. He supports his family by doing this work.
Having a very independent personality, Mili does not want to depend on her father and wants to have her own source of income. She knows that her father will not always be there to support her. As a physically challenged person, it is not possible for her to do hard labor. So she got trained in making incense sticks. Currently, she is involved in an incense stick business where she makes them at home and sells them to a nearby shop in the village, earning 200 Indian Rupees (INR) per month.
She plans to start a ladies novelty corner of her own in the nearby market in the village. She will sell ladies' cosmetics, hair oil, shampoo, body talc, body deodorant, and incense sticks as well. She requires a loan of 30,000 INR to set up a shop of her own and make her dreams of making a living for herself come true.
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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.