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


Maa Bangarama Group's story

Maa Bangarama JLG was formed in the year 2013 by four active but poor tribal women of Basuguda village of Rayagada district of Odisha, India in order to access a house repair loan from Mahashakti Foundation. Majhimani, the group leader who is standing on the extreme left with raised hand in the photograph took the leadership and the initiative to contact Mahashakti Foundation for the same.

Majhimani is 45 years old and lives with her husband, three sons of 25, 20 and 15 years and one daughter of 13 years. Along with household work, Majhimani is running a business of milk selling. She purchased a cow from her previous loan from Mahashakti Foundation. Her husband and two sons work in a papermill as daily wage earners. Her younger son does the cultivation work and her daughter helps her with household work. Her family has a monthly income of 6000 INR which is hand to mouth for her.

In this situation Majhimani has not been able to construct a suitable house for her family. So from the present house repair loan, Majhimani wants to purchase cement, bricks and other house-building materials for renovate her existing house and extend out another room for her family. Majhimani dreams to help her children get married in a respectable manner. The other three members of the group are Indrama, Cinnami and Mini, who are also planning to repair their houses.

In this group: Majhimani, Indrama, Cinnami, Mini



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