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Sasthi Self Help Group
In this Group: Alokrani , Alpana, Anjali, Parbati, Mira Rani
The Sasthi Self Help Group is led by Alokrani (hand raised). The group is native to the village of Mahabbatnagar in West Bengal. Alokrani has been a part of this group for the last 18 years. She lives with her husband and a son. Alokrani, in her fifties, always yearned for a bright future for her son and to educate him until graduation. Her son has completed a Bachelor of Arts. They live in a house made of mud with thatched roofing.

They have their own cultivatable paddy field, where they grow Boro crop (a type of paddy). Alokrani has good experience in paddy cultivation. Her son and husband help her in the paddy cultivation. The current income is not enough to meet the family’s expenditures. She wants to take on additional paddy cultivation to have a sustainable income, for which she is requesting a loan to buy high-quality paddy seeds, fertilizers and manure. She wants to save to buy new land.

Other members of the group will go for paddy cultivation, fish farming, poultry farming, and one will open a grocery shop, for which they need a loan of INR 125,000. They all hope their new ventures will increase their earnings and fulfill their dreams of a secure future for their families.

In their endeavor, these women are helped by local NGO, Sabuj Sangha, which works in the field of women’s empowerment and provides them with necessary training to carry on various income-generating activities.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan was designed by MicroGraam to provide new means of income for borrowers in the Sunderbans region of West Bengal. The majority of the region is heavy dependent upon rain-fed agriculture, leading to extremely low income and food insecurity. MicroGraam’s partnership with the non-profit organization Sabuj Sangha has made this loan possible. Sabuj Sangha offers trainings and loans to allow borrowers dependent on rain-fed agriculture to purchase inputs and technology like bucket irrigation systems or to invest in local enterprises that provide an alternative to agriculture. By funding this loan, you are helping borrowers in India access business training and consulting services that allow them to make a livelihood transition without placing added pressure on dwindling finances.

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.


About India

  • $4,000
    Average annual income
  • 155
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    India Loans Fundraising
  • $5,195,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 60.3
    India Rupees (INR) = $1 USD
A portion of Sasthi Self Help Group's $2,075 loan helped a member to buy high-quality paddy seeds, fertilizers and manure.
Repayment Term
43 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Jul 31, 2014
May 4, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 3, 2014