A loan of $2,725 helped a member to pay for purchasing sewing machines.

Maa Bhagawati Group's story

The name of this Joint Liability Group is Maa Bhagawati. This group was formed in the year 2009,comprising six active and able women of Bolangir town of Bolangir district in Odisha; India. Saraswati is one of the members of this group who is standing on the extreme left with raised hand in the photo. She is a very headstrong, confident lady with noble thoughts and posseses a strong determination for the development of her family. She has also an inclination to do something for society especially for women. She is 45 years old; living with her husband and a son of 23 years old, taking technical training in ITI. (Industrial Training Institute)

Saraswati has been involved in tailoring work for the last 10 years. She is doing two types of work related to tailoring. She herself has a sewing machine in her residence to take orders of stitching of ladies' garments. Apart from that she is running a tailoring training center with 3 sewing machines in another location. Presently she is imparting training to 20 young girls in two shifts. The 1st shift is from 8.00 am to 10.00 am and the 2nd shift from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm. There is also demand from candidates for training but due to lack of sufficient infrastructure she is not able to train them.

Looking into the demand for training, Saraswati wants to purchase another 2-3 sewing machines and an interlock machine for the training center. Saraswati says, “It matters little how much money I am earning from imparting training to the trainees, but matters if somebody builds her career for an improved livelihood in a respectable manner.” Saraswati is well known as a ladies' garments specialist in her locality.

The other five members of this group are Minati, Runu, Sabitri (M), Sabitri (P) and Rupa who are running a cloth business, a daily needs shop, a 'Tiffin hotel' and a rice business.

In this group: Rupa, Saraswati, Sabitri, Runu, Minati, Sabitri

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