A loan of $2,350 helped a member to pay for purchasing mushroom seeds, straw, and other raw material and to repair her space where the mushrooms are cultivated.


Maa Durgani Self Help Group's story

Maa Durgani Self Help Group was formed with ten members in 2008 in a small village in Odisha. They all came together to help each other and solve the social issues among them, save money and provide financial support to their families. They chose Puspalata as the leader of their group. The lady sitting in the middle of the photograph is Puspalata. She is a 34-year-old woman living with her husband and her only child. For ten years, Puspalata’s husband has been working as a farmer to support his small family. His income is not sufficient to support the family. So Puspalata is helping her husband by working with him and being involved in the mushroom cultivating business. She has five years of experience in this business. She has requested a loan to buy more mushroom seeds, straw, and other raw materials and to repair her space where the mushrooms are cultivated, so that she can add to her family’s income. Puspalata says that by selling mushrooms, she can support her family and she can send her child to a good school; through that, she can provide a better education to her child. The other members of the group Maa Durgani Self Help Group are involved in fish selling, agriculture, and retail stores.

In this group: Puspalata, Labangalata, Tuni, Chhabila, Kshetramani, Ramamani, Kabita, Tophani, Pratima, Kshetramani
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