Rashmita has been managing a business of leaf plate making and selling in her locality. Her husband is doing a business of selling of utensils (made from aluminum), moving from market to market. During 2010 Rashmita along with other three members from her village formed a group and took out a loan from Mahashakti Foundation for expansion of their existing businesses.
At the time of accessing their first loan, Rashmita was earning the sum of Rs.3,000 per month. Thereafter her income grew rapidly, commensurate with her business turnover. Out of their small income they are maintaining their family in a low profile. To improve her living conditions and to earn some extra income, she accessed a second loan. Now she is very much confident in running her business and has developed her shop significantly.
At present her monthly income is Rs.5,000 but still it is not sufficient to cater for the needs of her family. After learning business procedure and knowledge, she wants to increase her business size. Now she wants a loan to purchase leaf plates as well as aluminium utensils. In future she wants to establish an ornament shop at Muniguda Market.
The other three members, Rebati, Tamala and Sainta, have a grocery shop, a salon and leaf plates businesses respectively.
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Mahashakti Foundation focuses its work in some of the most underdeveloped districts in Odisha, characterized by poor infrastructure and high levels of poverty. By supporting this loan, you are enabling access to finance for women living in some of India's poorest and most remote areas.
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About Mahashakti Foundation
Mahashakti Foundation is a public charitable trust that provides microfinance and development services in the low-income state of Odisha. Operating in the poorest region of India, the organization strives to serve rural communities, tribal groups and others living on less than USD$1 a day. In addition to microcredit, it also provides micro-savings and micro-insurance products, as well as business development, health, water and sanitation, and food security services.
This is a Group Loan
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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.
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