A loan of $2,625 helped a member to buy quality saris and fancy garments for resale.


Maa Gayatri Group's story

In the year 2009 five active ladies from the weaving community in a rural village called Tukla of Nuapada district of Odisha, India formed a Joint Liability Group named Maa Gayatri with an intention to expand their existing business by taking a loan from the Mahashakti Foundation. Anusuya, the energetic lady of 40 years sitting second from right with raised hand, is one of them. She is very active and always cheerful. Her family consists of her husband, one son aged seventeen, and three daughters aged twenty-five, twenty-three and twenty.

From last twenty five years Anusuya is running a cloth vending business with the help and support of her husband.As this is their traditional business, her husband was already doing this business before her marriage. After marriage both of them are managing the business. She purchases saris from the local market and from the weavers of her village and brings the ready-made garments from a wholesale market 200 kilometers away. Her husband moves to different villages and weekly markets on a bike for selling saris and garments.

She earns a monthly income of 8,000 Indian Rupees (INR) from her existing business, but that is not sufficient to manage the business expenses as well as the household expenses for her six-member family. So Anusuya wants to raise her income by increasing the volume of her business. Looking into the coming festive season, from the present loan she is planning to purchase some quality saris and fancy garments for selling. Anusuya assumes that this will definitely generate a handsome amount of extra income. Anusuya has a dream to save enough money for the marriage of her daughters in a respectable manner.

The other three members of the group are Sanjuta with Tiffin business and Saraswati and Sindhu with cloth vending business.

In this group: Sanjuta, Saraswati, Anusuya, Sindhu



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