A loan of $1,375 helped a member to purchase raw bamboo.

Jaya Ram Group's story

Mahulpada village in the Bolangir district of Odisha, India is a remotely located rural village. In this village, there is a separate hamlet called the Mahar community. The main source of livelihood of this community is weaving bamboo baskets. In the year 2010, six poor, illiterate rural women of this hamlet formed a Joint Liability Group named Jaya Ram with the objective of taking a loan from Mahashakti Foundation for the overall development of their family and the improvement of their existing businesses. Basanta, about 43 years old, is the featured member who is sitting in the middle with her hand raised. She is married and resides in a small hut with her husband, one son age 15 and one daughter age 12. Her children are continuing their studies. All members of this group belong to a very poor background far away from all basic needs like education, shelter, health facilities etc.

The business of Basanta (weaving bamboo baskets) is a traditional business in her community. Basanta and her husband do the processing work and weave baskets of different shapes and sizes. They sell their products in the nearest weekly market in their town. Some traders also regularly come to this village to purchase bamboo products. Basanta earns a monthly profit of Rs 2,000/- from her business. As there is a growing demand for these products to supply to various parts of the country, Basanta wants to purchase more raw bamboo with this loan amount to work for a longer period without any interruption for more output. This will help her to earn some extra income to manage the family smoothly. Basanta hopes to construct a house in the near future.

The other five members of the group are Udia, Sushama, Balamati, Tarulata and Subidha who are doing similar businesses.

In this group: Basanta, Udia, Sushama, Balamati, Tarulata, Subidha

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