A loan of $2,475 helped a member to purchase a cow and repair a cow shed.


Hari Omm Group's story

This group is called “Hari Omm” (named after the Hindu Lord Vishnu). All four members of this group are women from the village of Thakpali and are in the Below Poverty Line category. Thakpali is located in the district of Nuapada, one of the poorest districts in India. Tanaya is one of the members of this group. She is raising her hand in the photo. She is 31 years old and lives with her husband, two sons age 11 and 9 and a daughter age 13. All her children are attending schools in her locality. Her staple occupation is farming, from which she gets a low return, making it very difficult to maintain her family. So she thought of an additional income source and started a milk business with the help of her husband in the year 2010. Now she has five cows producing 20 liters of milk per day. Tanaya’s husband supplies this milk to a restaurant in a nearby town on a daily basis. As there is growing demand for milk in her locality, Tanaya plans to use a portion of her loan to purchase another cow of an improved variety and the rest to repair the cow shed and purchase fodder. Tanaya has a dream of developing a dairy farm in the future and providing a better education for her children.

The other three members (Padmini, Patanti and Khamani) are running a general store, selling dry food and running a spices business.

In this group: Padmini, Tanaya, Patanti, Khamani
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