A loan of $1,125 helped a member to pay for computer accessories, cloth, thread, buttons, etc.


Maa Gouri Group's story

In the year 2011, five self-motivated women entrepreneurs of Bolangir town of Bolangir district in Odisha, India formed a group named Maa Gouri to access loans from Mahashakti Foundation to expand their existing business. Nalani, a most active lady, is one of them. She is standing on the extreme left with raised hand in the photograph. Nalani, aged 35 years, is a very energetic lady who lives with her husband; they have one son of 11 years of age who is continuing his studies in an English medium school. Nalani has been running a varied business of tailoring, a computer and Xerox center, and an Art and Music School for the last six years with the active help of her husband. She is directly concerned with the tailoring center. She takes order from the customers for stitching of ladies garments only. Due to her timely delivery and quality stitching, her reputation is increasing day by day. Being an educated woman she also helps her husband in managing the art and music school and computer and Xerox center. Nalani’s present dream is to give better education to her only son, so she is ceaselessly working for income generation. From the present loan she has planned to purchase raw materials like cloth, thread, and buttons, etc. for her tailoring center and accessories for the computer and Xerox center. She is confident that this investment must help her to increase her income. Nalani hopes to save enough money to establish the Art and Music school. The other four members of the group are Prema, Aladini, Kuni and Ratnamani who are involved in vegetable vending, Badi/papad making and selling, a betel nut shop and electrical & egg centre respectively.

In this group: Nalani, Prema, Aladini, Kuni, Ratnamani
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