A loan of $2,100 helped a member to purchase a cow and repair the cow shed.

Maa Thakurani Group's story

The name of this group is Maa Thakurani (named after a village deity of the locality). All four women members of this group are from the village of Thakpali in Nuapada district of Odisha, India and belong to the BPL (Below Poverty Line) category. People from the BPL category live on less than one dollar a day. Jamuna, standing nearest to the cow with her hand raised, is the featured member of the group. She is 39 years old and lives with her husband and two sons who are 23 and 18 years old.

Jamuna’s husband is a farmer and Jamuna works as a helper in the Centre of Integrated Child Development Scheme project in their village. She earns a monthly remuneration of Rs 1,000/-. In comparison to the family needs, the income from the above sources is not sufficient to meet the day-to-day expenses of her family. So, looking at market demand and their traditional occupation (raising cows), in the year 2010 Jamuna purchased a cow and started a milk business. Presently, she is getting 6 liters of milk per day from a single cow and supplying it to a tea stall in a nearby town @ 16/-. This additional income helps her to a great extent in maintaining the educational expenses of her two sons. Looking at her success in the milk business. Jamuna has planned to invest a portion of her loan to buy another cow of the jersey variety and the rest to repair her cow shed to get more output. Jamuna dreams of developing a dairy farm in the future and supplying milk to the milk processing plant. The other three members of her group (Nalini, Jugalmati and Kshame) are also running similar businesses .

In this group: Nalini, Jugalmati, Kshame, Jamuna

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