A loan of $1,425 helped a member to purchase a cow.


Maa Santoshi Group's story

The name of this group is “Maa Santoshi” (named after a Hindu goddess .This group was formed in the year 2009 and includes six women members who are in the Below Poverty Line category from the village of Chhatapipal in the district of Bolangir in Odisha; India. Bolangir district is one of the poorest districts in India. The main issue in Bolangir is migration for daily labor. Lata is one of the members of this group. She is standing second from the left in the photo in a blue colored sari. She is 31 years old and lives with her husband, two sons (8 & 6 years old) and one daughter (13 years old). All her children are attending school in the same village. She has a little patch of land where her husband cultivates vegetable. Lata is running a milk business since last 5 years. She has two cows. She purchased one of the cows with her previous loan. Lata is getting 10 liters of milk per day. Her husband supplies this milk to a milk processing unit in a nearby village. To maintain her family of five, the present income is insufficient and Lata is facing lots of financial trouble to manage her daily expenses. So, as there is growing demand for milk in her area, she will use this loan to purchase another cow of an improved variety to add some extra income to her family. Lata says this will help her to save some money for the marriage of her daughter and to provide a better education for her two sons. Lata has a dream of developing a dairy farm in the future and constructing a house. The other five members of this group are Mira, Sabitri, Subarna, Santa, and Phaguni. They are running a grocery shop, a milk business and growing vegetables.

In this group: Sabitri , Phaguni*, Mira , Subarna, Santa , Lata
*not pictured



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