A loan of $1,525 helped a member to buy a cow and remodel a cow shed.


Maa Saraswati Group's story

The "Maa Saraswati" group is named after the goddesses of education. All four members of this group are women from a remote village called Kurebhana and belong to the Below Poverty Line category. Kurebhana is located in the district of Bolangir; one of the poorest districts of Odisha India. Mina is one of the members of this group who has raised her hand in the photo. She is 23 years old and lives with her husband, a four-year-old son, and a nine-year-old daughter. Her daughter is going to the local school. Mina and her husband are doing multifarious businesses of milk, salt and vegetable cultivation. Her husband looks after salt and vegetable cultivation leaving the milk business to Mina. She has three cows giving 12 liters of milk. From the milk business Mina is getting 2,000 Indian Rupees (INR) per month by selling the milk in bulk to a milk processing unit of her village. Her husband earns 2,000 INR per month from the salt business and vegetable cultivation, which is insufficient to maintain her family. Mina has planned to utilize the loan for purchasing another cow and remodeling her cow shed. Mina has a focused dream to provide better education to her children. The other three members Sindhusuta, Tula and Urmila also have milk businesses.

In this group: Mina, Tula, Urmila , Sindhusuta
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