A loan of $475 helped to buy wooden benches and raw materials like wheat, spices, cooking oil, flour, and utensils for cooking for her snacks shop.

Manjari's story

Manjari is 32-year-old divorced lady who lives with her parents and her two daughters aged five and seven. Both of them are going to school. She runs a snacks business. She cooks the snacks at home and her father roams on his bicycle on the busy streets of the market and door to door to sell the snacks.

She goes to sleep at 10 p.m. at night, wakes up early in the morning at one a.m. every day to cook snacks like samosas (fried dough stuffed with potato curry), idli, wada etc. and sweets like jalebi till 6 a.m., when her father leaves the house with these snacks and roams, selling them, till 5:00 in the evening. She sells a small portion of the snacks at her house as well. During the day she rests for two hours and then starts making leaf plates woven out of dry leaves at her house. These are used as plates in which they can sell their snacks. She earns 4000 Indian Rupees (INR) per month.

Manjari has applied for a loan of 25,000 INR to purchase raw materials like wheat, spices, cooking oil, besan (gram flour), maida (finely milled and refined wheat flour) etc. in bulk, as well as utensils for cooking. She also wants to buy some furniture like wooden benches to seat her customers at the house. She wants to make more as her father says that he can sell more in the busier streets of the market. She can increase her revenues by 50%, earning 5500 to 6000 INR per month. This will help her to save enough to send her daughters to school. She hopes to make enough to have a shop in the market where she can make and sell these snacks instantly. She says this will make their lives easier and give her enough time to spend with her kids as she need not wake up at midnight to cook and her father need not roam on a bicycle.

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