A loan of $2,175 helped a member to purchase a compressor machine for her ice cream factory.


Maa Sarala Group's story

Maa Sarala, a Joint Liability Group, was formed in the year 2011 by four active women of Bhawanipatna town of Kalahandi district in Odisha, India. Kalahandi is known for drought and backwardness. Jagyasini is one of the members of this group. She is standing on the extreme right with her hand raised in the photograph. She is a very energetic lady. She is 30 years old and lives with her husband and one daughter of five years, who has just stepped into school. The families of Jagyasini have migrated to this place from south Odisha in search of a livelihood. Jagyasini is running two businesses with the help of her husband. One is a daily needs shop and the other one is an ice cream factory, in business for the last seven years. Jagyasini supplies ice cream to 30 vendors on a daily basis. From the above two businesses, she earns a monthly income of 8,000 INR. With this small income, she hardly manages her family expenses. Summer season is the peak period for the ice cream business, so looking into the market demand, Jagyasini wants to increase the production of ice cream. So, from the present loan amount, she wants to purchase a compressor machine for her factory. This will help Jagyasini to increase the income and materialize her dream of giving an education to her girl child. The other three members of the group are Sarojini, Taru and Rasmibala, who are running a coconut wholesaling business, an auto repairing center and a tailoring center respectively.

In this group: Sarojini, Jagyasini, Taru, Rasmibala
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