A loan of $275 helped a member to pay for purchasing a cook stove.

Nitaigour Group's story

Sanjukta, the lady standing on the extreme right with a smiling face in the photo, is a married woman of 33 years old. She lives in M.Rampur village of Kalahandi district of Odisha, India with her husband, one son of seven years and a daughter of four years. Both of her children are continuing their studies in her village. Her husband is a farmer who cultivates paddy (rice), black gram (lentils), and green gram on two hectares of farmland which is the primary source of income of her family.

To add more income to the family, Sanjukta has also been running a dry foods selling business for last 10 years. To set up her business in the year 2009, Sanjukta formed a joint liability group of six members named Nitaigour by taking a loan from Mahashakti Foundation. In the meantime the group of Sanjukta has accessed a loan thrice and has successfully developed their businesses.

This time Sanjukta has taken a top-up loan of 2,400 INR to purchase a cook stove being promoted by Mahashakti Foundation. The salient features of this cook stove are that it is smokeless, fuel saving up to 50% and time saving which will indirectly help for the protection of the environment. Sanjukta thinks this product will be very helpful for her to provide extra time for her business and save some money. Sanjukta hopes to give better education to her children.

With the motivation of Sanjukta the other five members of her group named Mahima, Bilasini, Damani, Harapriya and Usha have also purchased one cook stove each from the present loan.

In this group: Mahima, Sanjukta, Bilasini, Damani, Harapriya, Usha*
*not pictured

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