A loan of $3,000 helped a member to pay for purchasing of yarn/thread to weave saris.


Jay Bajrangbali Group's story

Jay Bajrangbali is a Joint Liability Group formed in the year 2008 by five active women entrepreneurs of the weaving community of Tukla village under Nuapada district in Odisha, India, with a new venture to add some extra income through expansion of the existing business by accessing loans from Mahashakti Foundation.

To date the group have already accessed three loans and have successfully repaid them. This will be their 4th loan. The featured member Satyabhama is the one who is standing in the front with raised hand in the photo. She is 46 years old, living in a small house with her husband, four sons aged 18,16,14, and 12 years, and her father-in-law who is suffering from paralysis.

Satyabhama is a very shy-natured and hard-working lady. Her main source of income is cloth weaving and selling. This is her traditional business. Presently she is managing her business successfully with two hand looms where she mainly weaves sari. Satyabhama and her husband do all the work jointly. Her husband brings raw materials (yarn/thread) from a nearby town on credit basis and gives the finished products to the same merchant, which does not give expected returns. She is running in a continuous loss and facing a lot of trouble to maintain the household and cover educational and medical expenses of her family. So she is planning to utilize the whole loan amount to purchase more stock of raw materials like yarn of her own. This will help her to arrest some unnecessary losses resulting from the credit delivery system and frequent movements to bring raw materials.

Satyabhama dreams of constructing a house for her family because the present house is very congested for the family members. Jajnasini, Belmati,Sabitri and Purnami are the other four members doing cloth vending, cloth weaving, and footwear businesses.

In this group: Jajnasini, Satyabhama, Belmati, Sabitri, Purnami



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