A loan of $1,500 helped a member to buy vegetable items like potato, tomato, brinjal etc.

Hara Gouri Group's story

In 2010, six poor women from a slum area of Bhawanipatna Municipality located in Kalahandi district, one of the poorest regions in India, stepped out and decided to build a secure future for their family by sharing the burden of the family with their husbands.

All members hail from the Schedule caste and belong to the below poverty line category. The traditional work of this community is cobbler (making, repairing and polishing of different leather products). Normally this work is done by the male members. They formed a joint liability group named Hara Gouri. One of them is Surekha. The lady sitting second from the right with raised hand in the photo is Surekha. Surekha is 33 years old; living with her husband and three sons aged 16, 14 and 11. All three of the children are attending normal school.

Surekha herself has been selling vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, onions, brinjal, ladies finger etc., and seasonal fruits like mangos in the daily market of the town for the last 15 years. She brings stock from the local wholesalers. There was always some left-over stock that was not sold which had to be thrown away as they did not have a storage space of their own. So, Surekha decided to start selling these vegetables on her own by the roadside in the market. She now wants to rent a shop that will help her to have a place to sell the vegetables. It will also help her to buy more stock for starting a wholesale business. Buying more stock will help reduce her frequent travel to the market and eventually transportation and buying costs. A portion of the loan amount will help her to rent a shop in the market and purchase more stock of vegetables and fruits. Surekha hopes to complete the construction of her half-built house as soon as possible.

The other five members of her group are Chanchala, Sabita, Kumudini, Gouri and Premsila doing same business of vegetable vending.

In this group: Kumudini, Chanchala, Surekha, Sabita, Premsila, Gouri

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