A loan of $1,275 helped a member to pay for purchasing ready-made pickles, mangos, oil, spices, etc.


Maa Maheswari-1 Group's story

Maa Maheswari-1, a joint liability group, was formed in the year 2010 by five active women of Bhawanipatna town of Kalahandi district in Odisha, India. Kalahandi is known for drought and backwardness.

Indurani is one of the members of this group. She is standing on the extreme left with a raised hand in the photograph. She is a very energetic and hardworking lady. She is 48 years old and lives with her husband and two sons, ages 30 and 28, who have completed their studies and help their parents in household work. Presently, Indurani is residing in a small house with her family.

Indurani is running a pickle business. She makes the pickles herself and also procures ready-made pickles from the nearest market in Andhra Pradesh state and supplies the retailers of Bhawanipatna town. To help her in preparation of pickles, she has engaged two female workers. Her husband supplies the pickles to 20-30 retailers in the town. He also goes to the nearest markets to sell the pickles. Indurani earns a monthly income of 8,000 Indian rupees (INR) from her existing business. She says this income is not at all enough for her to manage the family and think for the future. So, she wants to increase the size her business to earn some extra income.

With the present loan, Indurani wants to procure ready-made pickles in bulk and also to get mangos, oil, spices, Accent, etc., for preparation in her house. This will help her to decrease the transportation and materials costs, as she brings it frequently. Indurani hopes to set up a pickle-making unit of her own with 5-6 workers.

The other four members of the group are Punya, Saraswati, Sebati and Bina who are running a tea stall, spice business, four wheeler repairing center and tiffin stall and cycle mart respectively.

In this group: Bina, Indurani, Saraswati, Sebati , Punya



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