Lingaraj is a 60-year-old physically challenged person living with his wife and a 24-year-old son who is deaf. He sells popular Indian street snacks like jhalmuri (prepared from mixing puffed rice, boiled potato, tomato, sprouts, onion, red chili powder, and salt). He roams around on his tricycle on the busy streets of the market selling it. He spends seven to eight hours roaming on his tricycle to sell and make enough to feed his family. His son does not have a regular job and is a mason who works whenever he gets work from construction projects going on in the village.
Lingaraj now wants to open a shop in a good location in the market to run his snacks business. He says that it will make his life easier as he does not need to roam on his tricycle all day to make his living. He also wants to sell more of what he is selling with the help of his son. This way he feels that his son can earn a regular income and also share the burden of the family.
He has requested a loan of 15,000 Indian Rupee (INR) for setting up a shop where he can sell jhalmuri sitting at one place and for purchasing more stock of what he sells. He has a dream to make a concrete house and replace his mud house.
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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.