A loan of $2,175 helped a member to purchase a sound system, big bowls, chairs etc.

Omm Namah Sivaya - B Group's story

This group is called Omm Namah Sivaya-B (named after a Hindu God). All the group members are women from the village of Duajhar, a rural village of Odisha state in India. The featured member of this group is Tilottama, sitting second from the left and raising her hand in the photo. She is 35 years old, living with her husband and three daughters. She is a very active lady of BPL (below poverty line) category. For the last 10 years, she has been running a tent house (giving bowl, tent, cloth boundary wall, chairs, light, sound system etc. rented for social functions) with the help of her husband. She initially started the business with limited items like bowls, chairs, tarpaulin etc. As she owned a small house, she stored some items for the tent house in her house and some items in a rented house. At that time, she was earning a monthly income of Rs 4,000 per month. With her limited earnings, it was very difficult on her part to manage her household expenses. With the present loan, Tilottama has decided to purchase a sound system, some more chairs, bowls, drums, mats, pillows etc.to rent, taking into consideration the present demand. This will help her to generate extra income to meet her immediate requirements like providing a better education for her children in the nearby advanced school. She has a long-term vision to construct a go-down (warehouse) of her own to keep the tent house materials safely as at present she is keeping the materials in a rented go-down (warehouse). The other three members of the group are Kumudini, Laxmi and Bisaya who sell betel nuts, run a grocery shop and run a tiffin (light meal) restaurant.

In this group: Kumudini, Laxmi, Bisaya, Tilottama

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