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Maa Chandi Self Help Group
In this Group: Sovagini, Liza Rani, Jaysri, Chanda, Susama, Santi, Asanti, Manju, Sati, Sandhiyarani, Kabita*
* not pictured
Few years back, 11 women from Chandikhole village stepped out and decided to build a secure future for their family. They formed a group named Maa Chandi Self Help Group. The members of Maa Chandi Self Help Group are all women from the district of Jajpur in Odisha, India. One of them is Mrs. Sovagini, who was selected as their president. The lady in the front standing third from the right-hand side in the photo is Sovagini.

Sovagini is 36 years old and is living with her husband and her three children. Her husband is a farmer and has been involved in the activity of cultivation for a long time. She got the idea of doing vegetable cultivation from her husband, so she gathered some other women from her neighbourhood and told them about her plan. They liked her idea and appreciated her. She took the leadership of the group and started to cultivate vegetables and sell them in her village.

Initially she started with growing only a few vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, and onions but later on she grew bitter gourd, snake gourd, cucumbers, lady fingers and 'brinjal' (eggplant). She has very good relationship with her customers as she sells fresh vegetables to her customers.

Now she has a new idea: to purchase some more land for cultivation so that she can grow more vegetables on a larger scale, for which she has requested for a loan to utilize it in purchase of land, vegetable plants, seeds and fertilizers.

Additional Information

Important note about this loan

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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.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About India

  • $4,000
    Average annual income
  • 154
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    India Loans Fundraising
  • $5,195,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 54.5
    India Rupees (INR) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A portion of Maa Chandi Self Help Group's $2,425 loan helped a member to pay for purchasing land, vegetable plants, seeds and fertilizers for vegetable cultivation.
0% repaid
Repayment Term
43 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Mar 28, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
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