Total loan: $2,725
Maa Santoshi Group
BHALUDUNGURI, NUAPADA, ODISHA, , India / Agriculture
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A loan helped To pay for purchasing fertilizer and farm inputs like seeds and pesticides for her farm.
Maa Santoshi Group's story
Manju, the featured member of Maa Santoshi Self Help Group, is a permanent resident of village Bhaludongri of Nuapada district of Odisha, India. She hails from a Schedule caste family. Schedule Caste people in India are considered to be the most backward. Around 95% of the people of this caste are socially and economically backward. To triumph over this situation steps are being taken by the government and NGOs in respect to education, empowerment, employment and livelihood. The young and confident lady standing with raised hand in the photo is Manju. She is a married lady of 27 years, having a son of 6 years. She resides with her husband and their son in a small mud house. Manju has a small piece of land where she does vegetable cultivation. She and her husband manage the vegetable cultivation farm. They produce vegetables like brinjal (eggplant), cauliflower, carrots, cabbages, chilli, cucumbers, papayas, ladies fingers (okra) etc. in the farm. Manju takes the vegetable produce of her farm to the daily market of the nearest town for selling. She earns a minimum of 400 INR per day and according to her, this is insufficient to meet the day-to-day expenses of her family as well as the farm expenses. Manju wants to expand her business by taking a loan. So she motivated eleven other women from her village and formed the Self Help Group, then contacted Mahashakti Foundation and took a loan of 168,000 INR. Manju has taken 16,000 INR from that and she will utilize the present loan to buy fertilizer and farm inputs like seeds and pesticides for her farm. She expects a good return from her business by expanding her cultivation. Manju dreams of constructing a house and providing better education for her son. She hopes to give her family a bright future through her hard work. Among the other eleven members of this group, ten members are doing vegetable and cotton cultivation and the other member is running a tent house. All of the members are very much hopeful to increase their income for better livelihood.