A loan of $4,050 helped a member to purchase rice in bulk.

Sakti Maa Santoshi Self Help Group's story

The group Sakti Maa Santoshi Self Help Group (SHG) has 11 members who are all from the same neighborhood. The lady sitting third from the left hand side, wearing a blue sare in the photo is Saroswati who is the leader of the group. Saroswati is a 41-year-old woman married to a worker in Angul district in Odisha, India. The couple has two children who are in school. Saroswati lives with her children and, together with her husband, takes care of all the household expenses. In order to help with all the family expenses, Saroswati has been involved in selling rice to the nearby market and to the dealers of rice in the district super market, for the past eight years. She purchases rice directly from the farmers. Then she supplies it to the rice dealers and sells it in the nearby market. In order to strengthen the business and respond to client demand, Saroswati, together with the group Sakti Maa Santoshi SHG, is requesting a loan from Peoples Forum to purchase rice in bulk to store in a warehouse for fulfilling future demand and to cover their operational costs. Their goal is to increase their business activity.

In this group: Saroswati, Rashmita, Anjana, Gul, Kumati, Jayanti, Anjali, Malli, Padmabati, Basanti, Niru*
*not pictured

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