Total loan: $3,925

Nandalala Group

Muniguda,Rayagada,Odisha, OD, India / Food

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A loan helped To buy raw materials like spices, rice, cooking oil, black lentils, etc. for her snacks business.

Nandalala Group's story

This group is called Nandalala (named after the Hindu God, Lord Krishna). Its six members are all women from the town called Muniguda. It is located in the district of Rayagada, one of the poorest districts in India. One of the group members is Bijayalaxmi. The lady standing third from right raising her hand is Bijayalaxmi. She is 50 years old, living with her husband. She is a very active lady and loves to cook. She has been running a local snacks business at her house with the help of her husband. She initially started with two varieties and slowly expanded to selling six different varieties now. She worked hard and got her only daughter married into a good family. She cooks local snacks like 'Papad' (locally popular food item that is round and eaten fried in oil or roasted over fire), home-made chips, and "jhalmuri" (puffed rice, potato, red chili powder, and salt mixed together) and packages them, making them ready to be sold. Jhalmuri is one of her specialties and she likes receiving compliments for her food from others. Her husband travels to the surrounding villages selling to local shops there. He travels almost 60km in a day, 4 days a week. She spends almost 10 hours a day making these snacks and her husband sells them the next day. She makes snacks every alternate day and her husband sells the next day. Earnings from the previous day's sales are the investment for the next day's cooking. She now wants to stock up raw materials like spices, rice, cooking oil, and black lentils to make enough so that they have enough stock to sell for all week. A portion of the loan will be used by her to buy the raw materials needed in bulk which will reduce transportation and buying costs. She hopes to hire some workforce to help her make snacks on a larger scale so that she can sell directly from her house to the local retail shops.