A loan of $1,025 helped a member to pay for cement, bricks etc.

Maa Ugratara Group's story

Lacha, aged 37, is a permanent resident of Basuguda village of Rayagada district of Odisha, India. Basuguda village is a tribal village which is 7 Kms from Rayagada town. All the households of this village are marginal farmers with less than one acre of land and are daily wage earners. On these small pieces of land they cultivate cotton and pulses (lentils).

The lady standing on the extreme right with raised hand in the photograph is Lacha. She lives with her husband and her mother in-law. The main source of income for Lacha is selling milk and daily wage earning. She works in the nearest papermill as a daily wage earner. She purchased two cows from the first loan she took out from Mahashakti Foundation.

When Mahashakti Foundation started housing loans, Lachha, along with three other women of her village formed a Joint Liability group named Maa Ugratara to access this loan. It was a blessing for them because they are living in small houses. Lacha wants to repair her house and add on another room from the present loan. The other three members of her group are Ganga, Sujata and Rasmita. The group members are very happy with this support.

In this group: Ganga, Sujata, Lacha, Rasmita

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