A loan of $975 helped a member to purchase a cow and leaves to make plates.

Binapani Group's story

Muniguda is a small town in the Rayagada district of Odisha, India where Gouri, about 30 years old, resides with her husband and two daughters who are about 9 & 12 years old. The lady standing at the extreme left with her hand raised in the photograph is Gouri. In the year 2010, she formed a JLG with four other members of her village to request a loan from Mahashakti Foundation.

Presently, Gouri has two cows and gets about eight liters of milk. She has more than five years experience in this business. Apart from that, she is also purchasing leaves and selling them after turning them into leaf plates. She earns about Rs.7,500/- (INR) per month from her total business. According to Gouri, this amount is not at all sufficient for her to manage the household expenditure as well as her business expenses. So she wants to expand her business to earn some extra income.

She has already received three loans from Mahashakti. This is her fourth loan. With the present loan, she wants to purchase a cow and leaves. Gouri has a dream that one day she will have a big dairy farm.

The other four members of the group, Shakuntala, Dhira, Kuntala and Purnami, are doing the same type of business: purchasing leaves and stitching them to make plates to sell at a higher rate.

In this group: Gouri, Dhir, Sakuntala, Kuntala, Purnami

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