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Maa Grameswari Self Help Group
In this Group: Basanti, Kanakalata, Sita, Laxmipriya, Kuni, Manarama, Ulasini, Sanjukta , Sanjukta , Binodini, Kunimani, Sitamani, Minakhi
In 2009, 13 women from Darada village stepped out and decided to build a secure future for their families and formed a group named Maa Grameswari Self Help Group. The members of Maa Grameswari Self Help Group are all women from a district of Khurda in Odisha, India. One of them is Mrs.Basanti, who was selected as their president. The lady standing second from the left side in the back row and wearing a blue-colour saree in the photo is Basanti.

Basanti is 41 years old and is staying with her husband and her two 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, cucumber, lady finger (okra) and brinjal (eggplant). She has a 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 large scale. She has requested a loan to purchase land, seeds and fertilizers.

Additional Information

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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
  • 166
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    India Loans Fundraising
  • $5,194,325
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 62.2
    India Rupees (INR) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A portion of Maa Grameswari Self Help Group's $5,875 loan helped a member to purchase land, seeds and fertilizers.
0% repaid
Repayment Term
43 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Aug 31, 2013
Sep 28, 2013
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