A loan of $1,300 helped a member to purchase clothes to sell and stitch.

Maha Laxmi Group's story

Muniguda is a small town where Radhamani, a widow age 51, is residing with her son of 31 years and a daughter of 21 years of age. Muniguda is situated in the Rayagada district of northern Odisha, India. The government has declared Rayagada as a backward district in Odisha state. Tribal people are the primitive community of this area. They depend on agro-forestry products. So some people have migrated from the coastal belt to this area to earn their livelihood by adopting some business. The family of Radhamani, the featured member standing on the extreme left with her hand raised, also migrated from another district to Muniguda and started a general grocery shop. Seven years ago, her husband, Trinath, died due to illness. She could not give him the appropriate treatment due to her poor income. After her husband’s death, she started making leaf plates and sold them in the market. Her son runs his father’s shop but their income is not sufficient to manage their family.

Therefore, Radhamani formed a Joint liability group in the year 2010 with five women in her locality, named Maha Laxmi to get a business loan from Mahashakti Foundation. In the first loan, she got 12,000 rupees and as she has experience stitching from her parent’s house, she purchased a sewing machine. She started stitching ladies and gents dresses. In the second loan, she got an 18000/- loan from Mahashakti and purchased a Pico machine to help her in tailoring work. Her income gradually increased . In the meantime, her son married. This is the third loan for Radhamani and with this loan she is planning to purchase some new cloth to sell and stitch. Now she is very happy. She is maintaining a peaceful and pleasant life with her son, daughter and daughter in law. She has a dream of marrying her daughter to a good businessman. She is improving her business to realize her cherished dream.

The other four members of the group are Rina, Sasmita, Subasini, and Sushama.

In this group: Radhamani, Rina, Subasini, Sushama, Sasmita

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