A loan of $375 helped to buy another sewing machine and some cloth, and to make dresses to sell.

Suprabha's story

Suprabha is a 20-year-old responsible daughter. Suprava has been involved in sewing for the last two years. Her father has been ill for some time. When she was 18 years old she decided to share her father's burden, earn money and be independent. So, she took training in tailoring and since then she has been engaged in tailoring. She currently has one sewing machine which she utilizes to stitch salwar suits (traditional Indian dresses).

She requested a loan of 20,000 Indian Rupees (INR) through People's Forum to purchase another sewing machine (a pico sewing machine) that will help her do pico stitching for sarees (pico is a special stitch for saree edges) and stitch saree blouses. She also plan to buy some cloth and make dresses to sell.

She says the gain from her business will help her to strengthen her family financially and help her be more independent. She hopes to be able to train some girls in her village and hire them to help by buying more sewing machines and growing her business, thus creating a living for other girls in the village.

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