Total loan: $2,725

Dharitri Group

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PATHARLA, BALANGIR, ODISHA, OD, India / Construction

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A loan helped To pay wages for the laborers and purchase a big hammer, a small hammer and other materials for the preparation of stone chips.

Dharitri Group's story

Patharla is a small village in Balangir district of Odisha, India. Most of the residents of this village are poor and belong to Schedule Tribe, Schedule Caste and Other Backward Classes. This village is surrounded by hills and natural rock plates, which is a blessing for the villagers to earn their livelihood. It helps because they prepare stone chips from the black granite stones of the hills and sell them to the builders to earn their livelihood. Tapaswini is an inhabitant of this village. The lady standing with raised hand in the photo is Tapaswini. She is 32 and resides with her husband, one son and one daughter of 7 and 5 years old. The main source of income for Tapaswini is selling stone chips. Her husband wins tenders to supply chips to the contractors for construction of roads and buildings. She has engaged laborers for the preparation of stone chips. The stone chips prepared from the stone boulders are used inter-alia in the manufacture of concrete sleepers, construction of roads, bridges, buildings and other construction works. Tapaswini has been doing this business for the last ten years and the earnings mean life is just hand to mouth for her family. In spite of regular earnings she is not able to improve her living conditions. So to overcome this situation by expanding the supply of chips, in December 2014 she formed a Self Help Group (SHG) comprised of eleven members, to take a loan from Mahashakti Foundation. Tapaswini took a loan of 16,000 INR and from this loan amount she is planning to pay the wages for the labourers and will purchase a big hammer, a small hammer and other materials for the preparation of stone chips. She is very much hopeful that this investment will fetch her more income to fulfill her dream of constructing a house and giving a better life to her children. She has also dreams of purchasing a machine for preparation of stone chips and purchasing a four-wheeler. The other members of the group are doing small enterprises like General store, stone cutting, animal trading, vegetable cultivation and vending etc.