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Malenadu Bhatta Belegarara Sangha Group
In this Group: Shivaputra, Halappa , Narashimha , Basavaraj , Vijaya , Gajanan, Nagesh *, Sathish , Basavaraj , Parushuram *
* not pictured
Malenadu Bhatta Belegarara Sangha (Malenadu Rice Growers Association) has been actively networking with various market players for organic rice and red rice. It is working with more than 170 farmers from four villages producing organic traditional rice varieties and is linking them with markets.

The lack of niche market for their produce led the farmers to set up a common outlet for selling their products.

The association has revived four red rice varieties and spread awareness among the public about the benefits of consuming organic rice. The group aims to create trust in farmers to grow traditional paddy varieties instead of the hybrid ones as it has potential to maximize the returns.

Shivaputra (with hand raised) belongs to the Malenadu group. He is married. His wife is a housewife and they have a daughter who is six months old. He has studied Bachelor of Arts and Law, yet he is passionate about organic farming. Shivaputra goes around various villages to educate the other farmers about organic farming. He explains the procedure of organic farming in detail and helps them to start organic farms.

The group wants the loan to buy seeds in bulk and distribute them to the farmers.

The group dreams of starting a community rice mill for collective production, processing and marketing, which will maximize returns to the farmers.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is designed to enable farmers to earn a sustainable living from the production of traditional grains and local products. It was made possible through MicroGraam’s partnership with Sahaja Samrudha, an organic farmer's collective. By funding this loan, you are ensuring that rural farmers in India use efficient agricultural practices and receive fair prices for the goods produced.

Important note about this loan

Due 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 >
Additionally, this loan may be post-disbursed, in which case this borrower will only receive the loan after it has been 100% funded by Kiva lenders. Because it is difficult to predict when a loan will be fully funded, the disbursement date may have been estimated by the Field Partner and may be inaccurate by several days or weeks.


About MicroGraam

MicroGraam is a Bangalore-based, crowd-funding lending platform that aims to promote development and growth throughout India by providing underserved populations with access to formal loan capital.

In order to provide critical capital in remote areas of India, MicroGraam collaborates with various partners located across the country, applying a structure very similar to Kiva’s. The organizations currently provide clients -- most of whom are women -- with three types of loans: (1) agricultural loans, (2) educational loans, and (3) microenterprise loans.

Kiva lenders’ funds will enable MicroGraam to forge new partnerships with important social organizations, connecting more rural areas with critical access to capital.

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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About India

  • $2,900
    Average annual income
  • 3
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    India Loans Fundraising
  • $4,576,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 59.9
    India Rupees (INR) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A portion of Malenadu Bhatta Belegarara Sangha Group's $6,700 loan helped a member to buy seeds in bulk to distribute to farmers.
0% repaid
Repayment Term
43 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Mar 3, 2014
Listed
Mar 31, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible