A loan of $2,825 helped a member to purchase dry fish.


Rajashree-A Group's story

Rajashree-A is a Joint Liability Group formed by five energetic women of Bhawanipatna town in Kalahandi district of Odisha, India. Pratima, standing second from the right with her hand raised, is the featured member. Pratima is 49 years old and lives with her husband, two daughters of eighteen and sixteen years old and two sons of twenty-two and twenty years. She hails from a poor family of south Odisha and migrated to western Odisha for business purposes. Pratima is a very hardworking lady having strong self-confidence. Pratima has been running a dry fish wholesaling and retailing business for the last twenty years in her town and nearby villages, with the help of her husband and sons. She supplies dry fish in bulk to the retailers within a radius of twenty kms and covers four weekly markets for retailing. Pratima brings dry fish in bulk from the coastal belt of south Odisha, which is 350 kms away from her home town, and stores it up in her local storeroom. Her monthly net income from the present business is around 10,000 INR. According to Pratima, it is very hard to manage her big family and plan for the future development of her business with this small income. So, with the present loan, Pratima has planned to purchase more stock of dry fish for the coming lean season (June – September). She has a dream to construct a house for her sons and get her daughters and sons married in a respectable manner. The other four members of her group, Binapani, Anita, Annapurna and Puspa, are running a fruit stall, vegetable wholesaling, milk and general grocery shop businesses respectively.

In this group: Binapani, Puspa, Arnapurna , Pratima, Anita
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