A loan of $725 helped a member to purchase cards, polymer, color and chemicals.

Baba Dhabaleswar Group's story

Baba Dhabaleswar is a Joint Liability Group formed in the year 2012 by four active women entrepreneurs of Titilagarh town in Bolangir district in Odisha, India to avail a loan from Mahashakti Foundation to expand their existing business. Kanak is one of them. The lady standing on the extreme left in the photograph is Kanak. She is a very shy lady of 45 years who lives with her husband and one son who is 20 years old and studying in an engineering college out of state. She also has two daughters who are married and staying in their in-law’s houses. The lady standing on the extreme right with her hand raised is Sujata, the leader of the group.

Kanak has been running a screen printing and polymer stamp making unit in her house with the help of her husband for the last 20 years. Kanak takes orders for printing invitation cards and making polymer stamps and supplies ready made invitation cards to the customers. Her daily net income in marriage season (December-June) is 2000 INR and in normal season is 500 to 1000 INR. Her husband purchases the materials like chemicals, paper, polymer, color etc from the nearest wholesale market in Bolangir. To help her with the screen printing, she has engaged two skilled workers. Due to the quality work and timely delivery, her business has name and fame in the locality. With the loan, Kanak wants to purchase cards, polymer, color and chemicals in bulk to reduce the purchasing cost as she replenishes her stock frequently. Kanak says that with this business she married her two daughters in a befitting manner and was able to send her son to school for his engineering degree. Now she hopes to construct a pucca house as the present house is a tile one.

The other three members of the group are Sujata, Chandrama and Bhumi who run a General store, a Tent House and a fast food center.

In this group: Sujata, Chandrama , Kanak, Bhumi

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