Mahima Prasanna is a 34-year-old physically challenged man living with his family in the small village of Odisha, India. His family consists of his parents, younger brother and his wife. His father is engaged in farming, his mother and his wife are homemakers and his younger brother works as a blacksmith. Whatever they earn from these activities is used for consumption purpose and is not sufficient for them to live happily and afford all the necessities of life.
Mahima Prasanna belongs to a blacksmith family, but as a physically challenged person, he is unable to do this activity. So to support his father financially, he started a grocery shop in his village four years ago. His village has a population of 95 families and there are only two grocery shops. People depend on these two shops for grocery items and snacks. He sells food items like rice, cooking oil, lentils, spices, packaged food items like biscuits, cake etc. in his shop. His father and his brother help him in purchasing the items for his shop. But due to lack of funds, he is not able to meet the growing demand of the customers and compete with his competitors.
He has requested a loan of 20,000 INR to purchase what he sells in bulk, including snacks like varieties of chocolates, wafers and bakery items for his shop so that he can meet the market demand and compete with his competitors. He hopes to enlarge his business and construct a concrete house for his family.
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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.