Sabitri is a 38-year-old woman living with her two children. Her two children aged 8 and 10 are attending school. She left her husband for some personal reasons. She has been working as a daily laborer since then to manage her family all by herself.
She recently started a small tea stall through which she has been selling tea for the last two years. She wants to grow her business into a food stall. She has a plan to sell some local snacks like samosas (fried dough stuffed with potato curry), idlis (a popular recipe of south Indian origin made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils and rice), wadas (lentil doughnuts), and so on in addition to tea through her shop. She has her shop in front of her house which makes it easy to look after her children as well as the shop.
She requested a loan of 20,000 Indian Rupees (INR) to purchase the cooking utensils and raw materials like flour, oil, and spices for her snacks shop. She says the additional source of income will enable her to be financially stronger and provide a good 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.