A loan of $1,975 helped a member to purchase lentils, oil, soap, washing powder, shampoo, etc.

Maa Mangala Group's story

In the year 2010, four active women entrepreneurs in Bolangir town in the Bolangir district of Odisha, India formed a group named Maa Mangala to access loans from Mahashakti Foundation to expand their existing businesses. Nirasa is one of these women. The lady standing second from left, wearing a red shawl in the photograph, is Nirasa. Nirasa, 32 years old, is a very energetic lady who lives with her husband, one son who is 13 years old and one daughter who is 7 years old. The children are continuing their studies in the local school.

Nirasa has been running a general store in the heart of the town for the last two years with the help of her husband. She sells items like biscuits, dust tea, oil, shampoo, toffee, and grocery items. She has been able to increase the variety of items in her general store by taking her first loan from Mahashakti Foundation. Her daily net income from the existing business is around Rs 400/-. With this income, her household expenses are in a deplorable state. Nirasa purchases items from the local wholesaler twice a week. With the present loan, Nirasa wants to increase her stock by purchasing items like lentils, oil, soap, washing powder, shampoo etc. for her general store. This will help her to increase her income and reduce the purchasing costs as she replenishes her stock frequently. Nirasa hopes to save enough money to provide a better education to her children.

The other three members of the group are Nurjahan, Saraswati and Baidehi. They run a water servicing center, sell vegetables at wholesale and run a Tiffin (lunch) pushcart.

In this group: Nurjahan, Saraswati, Baidehi, Nirasha
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