A loan of $2,300 helped a member to pay for purchasing of cooking oil, sugar, dough and dry food items.

Satya Sai Group's story

This group is called Satya Sai. Its four members are all women belonging to Balangir town of Odisha, India.

Among the four members, one of the group members is Padmini. The lady sitting in extreme right raising her hand is Padmini. She is 45 years old and lives with her husband, two sons, two daughters, daughter in-law and two grandchildren.

Padmini is running a multifarious business with the help of her husband and sons. Her son is running a snacks, sweets, gram, popcorn making/processing and supply business at her house. He also supplies dry foods like biscuits, chocolate, chips etc., to the traders of the town on a daily basis. Apart from this, he also covers 50 shops outside the town. Her husband takes order of assembling CFL (compact florescent light) bulbs from electrical goods wholesellers. She has also a tailoring machine for stitching ladies' garments. Padmini initially started her business in a low profile with two or three items. With the support from Mahashakti foundation, the business slowly expanded in to many activities.

Her families spends almost 12 hours a day making snacks and making packets for selling and assembling electrical bulbs. In this process her family earns a monthly profit of 6,000 INR. According to Padmini this amount is not sufficient to manage her business as well as the family expenses. Therefore, she wants to buy a stock of raw materials like cooking oil, sugar, dough and dry food items so that they have enough stock to carry on their business regularly without any intervention and earn some extra profit. So Padmini has planned to use the present loan to buy cooking oil, sugar, dough and dry food items in bulk. Thereby she will save transportation cost and get the cash discount. She hopes to purchase a leaf plate pressing machine in the near future to start another business. She also dreams to construct a house building and provide better education to her grandchildren.

The other three members of the group named Tapaswini, Urmila and Jayanti are involved in businesses like wholesale fruits, general grocery shop and milk.

In this group: Tapaswini , Padmini, Urmila , Jayanti

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