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Total loan: $250

Shakila

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North 24 Parganas, WB, India / Arts

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A loan helped to expand her bamboo basket making business by increasing her stock of bamboo.


Shakila's story

Shakila is a 48-year-old woman and a resident of a small village of North 24 Parganas District, West Bengal. Her family comprises three members.

Shakila and her husband jointly run their bamboo basketry business to earn the family’s livelihood. Her son also assists them in running their business. Her husband purchases bamboo pieces from the wholesale market and then cuts the bamboo pieces into thinner strips. They heat the bamboo slats to make them soften for bending.

Shakila weaves the slats and thinner strips into baskets and then the couple sells the bamboo baskets in their neighborhood and local market. There is a huge demand for their bamboo baskets in their rural area because these are useful in storing fruits, vegetables, grains, etc.

Now the couple desire to enhance their business. To fulfill their desire, they need sufficient materials in bulk for making bamboo baskets. Thus, Shakila applied for a loan of INR 15,000 from BJS, one of Milaap's field partners.

With the loan amount, Shakila and her husband will purchase bamboo, reeds and other variety of fibrous materials in bulk for weaving more varieties of baskets. She hopes this investment will bring her better profits to boost her family economy. Shakila and her husband thank their lenders.