A loan of $2,300 helped a member to pay for purchasing of fertilizer, pesticides, seeds, etc., as well as items for her grocery store.


Maa Banji Buten Group's story

Surekha is standing at the extreme right in the photo with a raised hand. She is 35, a resident of the village of Padampur in the Nuapada district of Odisha, India. Vegetable cultivation and vending are the main work of most of the families of this village. Surekha is a married woman and is the mother of three daughters, age 16, 14 and 12, and one son, age 4.

Surekha, together with her husband, manages their own household while operating the business. Currently, she is working hard to continuously provide income for their day-to-day expenses.

Surekha operates a vegetable growing farm with her husband. She grows vegetables like brinjal, cauliflower, carrots, cabbages, chilli, ladies finger, etc., on their farm located in the same village. She sells her products wholesale to the traders of the nearby market as well as to the local community. She earns a minimum of 300 INR per day. Apart from vegetable farming, she has a small general grocery shop in her house to add some extra income to her family.

In the year 2009 Surekha, with other three women of her village, formed a group named “Maa Banji Buten” and the group has already taken three loans from Mahashakti Foundation to help continue their businesses. This is their fourth loan and Surekha will use a part of the present loan to buy fertilizer and farm inputs like seeds and pesticides. The rest will be used for purchasing grocery items like potatoes, onions, sugar, tea dust, etc. She expects a boom in her income as she expands her businesses.

Surekha has a dream to give her whole family a good future through her hard work. She also dreams to procure some assets for the marriage of her daughters.

The other three co-members of her group are Nirupama, Gomati and Tulasi. The have an auto-repairing center, a general grocery shop and a vegetable cultivation business.

In this group: Nirupama, Surekha, Tulasi, Gomati
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