A loan of $925 helped a member to purchase leaf plates to sell.

Ganga Group's story

Laxmi, about 29 years old, resides with her only son who is seven years old and her husband in Muniguda, in the Rayagada district in Odisha, India. The lady standing in the middle with her hand raised in the photograph is Laxmi. In the year 2010, she formed a JLG with four other members of her village to request a loan from Mahashakti Foundation.

Presently, Laxmi is purchasing leaves and making leaf plates. She has also been collecting leaf plates from other group members to wholesale for the last six years. She earns about Rs 7,000/- (INR) per month from her business. According to Laxmi, this amount is not at all sufficient to manage the household expenditure. So she wants to expand her business and earn some extra income.

She has already received three loans from Mahashakti. This is her fourth loan. With the present loan, she wants to invest in purchasing more leaf plates to increase the turnover of her business. Laxmi has an ambition to install a leaf-plate-making machine in the future and to educate her son for a bright career.

The four other members of the group, Dalimba, Tulasha, Ambika and Susama, are doing the same business: making leaf plates and selling them at a higher price.

In this group: Laxmi, Tulasha, Ambika, Dalimba, Susama

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