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Mahatma Gandhi Self Help Group
In this Group: Lili, Gitanjali, Janaki, Renu, Puspalta, Kuni, Pabitra, Pratima, Khatun, Sumitra, Dinamani
Mahatma Gandhi Self Help Group consists of eleven women from a village in Odisha. They formed a group to help themselves to share their problems and to solve their problems among them.

One of them is Lili, who was selected as their President of Mahatma Gandhi Self Help Group. The lady in the front, sitting second from the right-hand side in the photo is Lili. Lili is 34 years old and is staying with her husband and her three children. Her children are in schooling. She hopes to see them as officers in the public sector unit.

Lili has few acres of land in her village, and she is utilizing her land in vegetable and paddy cultivation. Her husband is supporting her in this activity.

Lili has requested a loan of 275,000 INR, which will help her to purchase the required resources for sugarcane cultivation. She says a portion of the loan amount will help her to purchase sugarcane plants, fertilizers, and insecticides, and to cover operational expenses like labour charges.

Additional Information

Important note about this loan

Due to Indian government regulations, if you fund this loan, you will not be repaid for at least 3 years. This borrower will likely repay your loan much sooner than that, in which case, the Field Partner may re-loan your funds to help other local borrowers. We want you to be aware of this minimum 3-year waiting period and the associated risks before making a loan to Indian borrowers on Kiva. Learn More >

About People's Forum

People’s Forum is a development organization based in Odisha, India that provides affordable loan products and support services to women. The organization distinguishes itself by reaching out to particularly marginalized groups, including leprosy-affected families, widows, single mothers, and disabled persons. People’s Forum will harness Kiva’s flexible, zero-interest capital to serve even more borrowers in one of the poorest regions of India.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About India

  • $4,000
    Average annual income
  • 118
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    India Loans Fundraising
  • $6,155,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 54.5
    India Rupees (INR) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A portion of Mahatma Gandhi Self Help Group's $5,050 loan helped a member to purchase sugarcane plants, fertilizers, and insecticides, and to cover operational expenses like labour charges.
0% repaid
Repayment Term
43 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Mar 28, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
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