A loan of $5,425 helped a member to pay for resources like sugarcane plants, fertilizers, and insecticides for her sugarcane plantation.

Annapurna Baba Nilakantheswar Shg Group's story

In 2009, 12 women from Jagannathpur Patna village stepped out and decided to build a secured future for their family and formed a group named Annapurna Baba Nilakantheswar Self Help Group (named after Lord Shiva, who they believe will protect them). The members of Annapurna Baba Nilakantheswar Self Help Group are all women from the district of Khurda in Odisha, India. One of them is Mrs. Kabita, who was selected as their secretary. The lady in the red saree standing to the extreme left in the photo is Kabita.

Kabita is 35 years old and is staying with her husband and her 12-year-old son. Her husband has been involved in vegetable and paddy farming for a long time. She got the idea of doing vegetable cultivation from her husband, so she gathered some other women from her neighborhood and told them about her plan. They liked her idea and appreciated her. She took the leadership of the group and started to cultivate vegetables and sell them in her village. She took some land for lease and started vegetable cultivation on a small scale. She started with a limited supply of vegetables like tomatoes and potatoes and grew to sell more than seven varieties like brinjal (eggplant), cucumbers, beans, carrots, and radishes. She has developed a very good relationship with her customers in the village as she sells fresh and high-quality vegetables. She likes the fact that she can cater to the needs of the people in her village.

Now she has a new idea of doing sugarcane cultivation, for which she has requested a loan to utilize for the resources necessary to do sugarcane cultivation. A portion of the loan amount will help her to purchase sugarcane plants, fertilizers, and insecticides, and to cover operational expenses like labor charges.

In this group: Basanti, Dukhi, Kabita, Kabita, Nirupama, Pratima, Pratima, Rambha, Satyabhama, Sukanti, Urmila, Urmila

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