A loan of $1,700 helped a member to pay for purchasing a cow and fodder for her business.

Maa Mangala Self Help Group's story

Maa Mangala Self Help Group was formed with nine 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 Mamata as the leader of their group. The lady sitting second from the left-hand side of the photograph is Mamata. She is a 32-year-old woman living with her husband and her two children.

For ten years, Mamata’s husband has been working as a farmer to support his small family. It is not sufficient to manage the family's financial needs, however. So Mamata is helping her husband by working with him and being involved in the milk business. She has five years experience in this business. She has requested a loan to buy a cow and fodder so that she can add to her family’s income.

Mamata says that by selling milk, she can support her family and she can send her children to a good school; through that, she can provide better education to her children.

In this group: Mamata, Kunilata, Anita, Manorama, Pramila, Annapurna, Labangalata, Golap Sundari, Basanti
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