A loan of $1,600 helped a member to purchase a cow.

Maa Santoshi Group's story

This group is called "Maa Santoshi." It was formed in the year 2009. All the four members of this group are women from the village Kurebhana and belong to the below poverty line category. Kurebhana is a remote village in the district of Bolangir of Odisha, one of the poorest districts in India. A majority of the inhabitants of this village depend upon cultivation. In this village, almost all families are in the milk business.

Dukha is one of the members of Maa Santoshi group who has raised her hand second from right in the photo. She is 43 years old and is a straightforward lady, living with her husband, three sons age 24, 22 and 18 and one daughter, age 20. All her children have dropped out of school after secondary education and are helping their parents in farming.

The primary work of Dukha is farming from which she gets a low return with which it is very difficult to maintain her family. So she started a milk business for extra income with the help of her husband in the year 2009 by purchasing a cow from a loan availed from Mahashakti Foundation. Now she has three cows producing 10 liters of milk per day.

Dukha supplies this milk to a milk-processing unit of her village at 20 INR per liter. She gets the price of milk in every 10 days. As there is growing demand for milk in the locality, Dukha has planned to use the present loan for purchasing another cow of improved variety. Dukha has a dream to save some money for the marriages of her children and construct a house.

The other three members, Bilasini, Nalini and Anandini, are doing milk, vegetable and grocery store businesses. Since inception Dukha has been managing the group with utmost sincerity with good name and fame in her locality.

In this group: Bilasini, Anandini, Nalini, Dukha

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