Maa Samaleswari Shg (C) Group
One of them is Pratima, the lady standing with raised hand in the picture, who was selected as their president. Pratima is a 25-year-old lady living with her husband and her three children who are at their schooling. Her husband works as a farmer. She runs a grocery shop to help her husband financially. She sells rice, grains, lentils, edible oil, spices, biscuits, soap, detergent, hair oil etc. in her shop. She has developed a very good relationship with her customers in the village. She likes the fact that she can cater to the needs of the people in her village.
She has a plan to make her shop bigger and keep multiple things in her shop such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soft drinks, wheat flour, grains and other household consumables to satisfy her customers. She also wants to purchase the items for her shop in bulk directly from the wholesalers, for which she has requested a loan. She says on the behalf of the group, "We are grateful to the Kiva and its lenders for providing us this opportunity to grow."
More information about this loan
This loan is specifically designed for People's Forum's vulnerable clients, including family members of leprosy patients, people who are physically challenged and third gender individuals. By funding this loan, you are supporting low income individuals in India who are excluded for gender or health reasons.
Important note about this loanDue to Indian government regulations, if you fund this loan, you will not be repaid for at least 3 years. This borrower will likely repay your loan much sooner than that, in which case, the Field Partner may re-loan your funds to help other local borrowers. We want you to be aware of this minimum 3-year waiting period and the associated risks before making a loan to Indian borrowers on Kiva. Learn More >
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.
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