A loan of $975 helped a member to pay for purchasing of oil, dough, sugar, etc.

Santoshi Maa Group's story

In the year 2011, four women from Titilagarh town of Balangir district in Odisha, India, formed a group named Santoshi Maa to avail a loan from Mahashakti Foundation and expand their businesses. Binodini, a headstrong and confident lady, is one of them. She hails from a poor family living below the poverty line. The lady standing on the extreme left in the photo raising her hand is Binodini. She is 27 years old and lives with her husband; two sons, ages 12 and 10 years old; and her daughter, age 16. All her children are continuing their studies.

Binodini has been running a tiffin stall for the last 10 years with the hand-holding support of her husband. She also has a grinding machine in her house. Apart from this, her husband takes outdoor orders for making sweets items for marriage parties and social functions. Binodini makes a monthly income of 5,000 Indian rupees (INR) from the above business. With this income, she is hardly able to manage her household and the educational expenses of her children. So, she wants to expand her business by taking out a loan from Mahashakti Foundation. With the present loan, Binodini wants to purchase more stock of oil, dough, sugar, etc. This will help her to reduce her purchasing and transportation costs as she has to replenish her stock frequently. She also wants to use a portion of the loan to repair her tiffin stall. Binodini hopes to save enough to build a good house of her own as her present house is a small hut.

The other three members of the group are Ranju, Mamata and Sailabala who are running a barber shop, tiffin stall and tiffin push cart respectively.

In this group: Ranju, Mamata, Sailabala, Binodini

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