A loan of $1,350 helped a member to purchase a grinder for grinding split black gram dal, and also purchase two quintal of black gram.


Maa Durga Group's story

Rupisha is an active and energetic married lady. She is 43 years old and is a permanent resident of Bolangir town of Odisha, India. The lady sitting third from the left with a raised hand in the photograph is Rupisha. She resides with her husband and one son of 20 years and four daughters of 18, 16, 14 and 10 years in a small mud house.

In the year 2010, she, along with five other like-minded women of her locality, formed a group named “Maa Durga” for availing a loan from Mahashakti Foundation to develop her business. To engage herself and earn some income, Rupisha started a dry food-making and selling business five years ago with her own investment.

The local name of the dry food is “badi”. Traditionally, the badis have been prepared by grinding the urad pulse (split black gram dal) in a sil-stone (traditional stone grinder, operated manually). Badi is a food item which can be eaten with rice, even by roasting it in fire. It is also a food item that tastes very good when it is fried with onion and garlic and is eaten with overnight-cooked water rice (pakhala). So, it is very popular in Odisha.

Rupisha prepares six/seven types of badi and supplies at wholesale to the retailer twice a week. From this business, she earns a monthly income of 7,000 INR. With this small income, she barely manages her family's expenses. So, she wants to increase the volume of her business to earn some extra income.

To acquire maximum output, Rupisha wants to purchase a grinder for grinding split black gram dal and purchase two quintals (200 kilograms) of black gram for stock. This will save her time and energy, and also reduce the purchasing cost of black gram. Rupisha is confident enough to have a business of her own and hopes to construct a house.

The other five group members are Bishakha, Sukanti, Malti, Sobhagini and Kunti, managing businesses of tailoring centre, vegetable vending, badi/papad-making and selling, furniture works, and tiffin centre respectively.

In this group: Rupisha, Bishakha, Sukanti, Malti, Sobhagini, Kunti



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