A loan of $1,350 helped a member to pay for purchasing raw ingredients for her ice-cream business and bulk amounts of salt, biscuits and detergent.

Jagadamba Group's story

Sujeshta is 45 years old and lives in Tetelkhunti village of Balangir district, Odisha, India. The lady standing second from right with raised hand in the photograph is Sujeshta. She lives with her husband and three sons of twenty-six, twenty and thirteen years of age. She belongs to a poor family.

Sujeshta has been running an ice cream making and vending business with salt, biscuits and detergent powder retailing for the last 15 years. Her husband and two sons manage the business. Her husband goes to a wholesale market 300 kms away once a month to bring the stock of salt, detergent powder and ingredients for ice-cream.

From the above business Sujeshta earns approximately 7000 INR which is not sufficient for her to manage her household expenses along with investment for her business. To expand her business Sujeshta formed a group named Jagadamba, taking in other five women from her village to take loans from Mahashakti Foundation. From the present loan she has planned to purchase raw ingredients for her ice-cream business and bulk amounts of salt, biscuits and detergent for resale. She hopes this will help her to increase her income for materializing her dreams of construction of a house and marriage of her sons.

The other borrowers of the group are Tilottama, Nalini, Hemalata, Saebani and Tapaswini with a general store, puffed rice, procurement of pulses (lentils, etc.) and puffed rice selling businesses.

In this group: Sujeshta, Tilottama, Nalini, Hemalata, Saebani, Tapaswini

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