A loan of $2,350 helped a member to purchase notebooks, compasses, pens, pencils, etc.

Maa Ram Chandi Group's story

Puspanjali who is about 46 is standing on the extreme left with her hand raised in the photo. She is an active member of a JLG named Maa Ram Chandi located in Muniguda village of Rayagada district of Odisha, India. Muniguda is a small town bordered by a green forest, a mountain range and one river. Maa Ram Cchandi group consists of four energetic women who are running some businesses for the financial upliftment of their families.

Puspanjali resides with her husband, one daughter aged 23 and one son aged 18 who are studying in college. She runs a small general store at Muniguda with the help of her husband. She sells rice, sugar, potatoes, oil, soap, toothpaste, etc. She also makes leaf plates with her daughter to add some supplementary income to her family. Puspanjali earns a monthly income of 5,000 INR from the existing businesses, but as the maintenance cost has increased, the present income is not sufficient for her to manage the family. Previously, her group has already taken three loans from Mahashakti Foundation and repaid the entire loans on time. This time, she plans to use the loan for the purpose of including more spices items and stationary items like notebooks, pencils, pens, and compasses for students in her general shop. She hopes this will generate more income for her family. Puspanjali hopes to see her daughter as a nurse and her son as a police inspector and get them married into a well-reputed family.

The other three members of the group are Somarani, Papidei and Rangabati who run a Tiffin hotel, sell leaf plates at wholesale and run a barbershop.

In this group: Papi, Puspanjali, Rangabati, Somarani

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