A loan of $5,500 helped a member to purchase land, fertilizers, seeds, manure etc. for vegetable cultivation.

Ann Thakurani Self Help Group's story

In 2012, 12 women from Balugaon village stepped out, decided to build a secure future for their family and formed a group named Ann Thakurani Self Help Group. The members of Ann Thakurani Self Help Group are all women from the district of Khurda in Odisha, India. One of them is Mrs. Lili, who was selected as their president. The lady standing in the middle wearing a cream-colored sari with a red floral print in the photo is Lili. Lili is 32 years old and is staying with her husband and her four children. Her husband is a farmer and has been involved in cultivation for a long time. She got the idea of doing vegetable cultivation from her husband, so she gathered some other women from her neighborhood and told them about her plan. They liked her idea and appreciated her. She took on leadership of the group and started to cultivate vegetables and sell them in her village. Initially, she started growing only a few vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, and onions, but later on she grew bitter gourd, snake gourd, cucumbers, ladyfingers and brinjal (eggplant). She has a very good relationship with her customers as she sells fresh vegetables to her customers. Now she has a new idea of purchasing some more land for cultivation so that she can grow more vegetables on a large scale, for which she has requested a loan to purchase land, seeds and fertilizers.

In this group: Lili , Padmabati , Anita , Kadambini , Chhaila , Subarna , Taoopai , Saradha , Sarmista , Bhasi , Sumitra , Lopha

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