A loan of $1,025 helped a member to purchase turmeric, honey, arrowroot etc.

Ruksana-B Group's story

Ruksana-B is a Joint Liability Group formed by four active women from Bhawanipatna town in the Kalahandi district of Odisha, India. Kanak, sitting on the extreme left wearing a sky colored sari and holding turmeric powder, is the featured member. She is 29 years of age and lives with her husband and one daughter who is three years old.

Kanak is running a unit processing forest produce like turmeric, arrowroot, honey, mustard and jhuna. Her husband helps in her business and collects the forest produce from different places in the state and outside the state. After collection, Kanak processes the raw products, makes packets and supplies them to the retailers. She has also tied her business with a govt.agency called ORMAS and sold them at a lump sum for a high margin of profit. Her husband also used to go to different district and state level festivals where there is a congregation of persons to purchase her finished products by hiring a stall. Her monthly net income from the processing unit is around 12,000 INR.There is a heavy demand for her products but due to lack of funds, she could not meet the demands of the market. So with the present loan, Kanak planned to procure a bulk quantity of forest products for processing and selling in the market to earn more profit. She has a dream of providing better education to her child and constructing a house of her own in due course.

The other three members of her group are Hasina, Gitanjali and Snehalata. They are running a cloth business, an auto repair center and a Tiffin hotel, respectively.

In this group: Kanak, Hasina, Gitanjali, Snehalata

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