A loan of $1,175 helped a member to pay for purchasing bicycle repair tools and spare parts.


Bublen Group's story

Tapaswini, aged 40 years, is a very active lady from a rural village called Tetelkhunti of Balangir district in Odisha, India. Tetelkhunti village is remotely located and out of reach of basic facilities. Tapaswini leaves with her husband and one son of seventeen years. Tapaswini has been running a bicycle repair business for the last twenty years with the help of her husband. Her husband also sells bicycle spare parts to his clients at reasonable rates. He has very good technical skills in his occupation and his customers from 10 or12 nearby villages trust him very much. He brings cycle spare parts thrice in a month from the nearby town Titilagarh, which is 15 kms. away from the village.

From the present business Tapaswini earns 200 INR per day, which is hand to mouth for her. Due to this situation, till now she has not been able to construct a good house for her family. So these poor circumstances compel Tapaswini to search for a credit source for the expansion of her business. To fulfill her dream, In the year 2013 Tapaswini, along with other four poor women from her village, formed a Joint Liability Group named Bublen. She has applied for a loan from KIVA partner Mahashakti Foundation for further expansion of her husband’s business. She will use the loan to buy bicycle repair tools and spare parts in larger quantities, which will help her provide better services to her clients and increase her profits. Tapaswini hopes to build a permanent cycle repairing cabin in her village.

The other four members of the group are Sunanda, Saraswati & Basanti with puffed rice businesses and Rebati with a tailoring center.

In this group: Sunanda, Saraswati, Rebati, Tapaswini, Basanti
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