A loan of $925 helped a member to pay for purchasing bread, rolls, biscuits, etc.

Maa Mangala Group's story

Maa Mangala is a Joint Liability Group formed by five women of Luthurbandh village of Balangir district in Odisha, India in the year 2010. Luthurbandh is a rural village located twenty kms from the nearest town, Titilagarh. The objective of forming the group was to access a loan from Mahashakti Foundation and expand the businesses.

Rupeswari, a headstrong and confident lady, is one of these five women. She hails from a poor family living below the poverty line. The lady sitting in the middle in the photo raising her hand is Rupeswari, She is forty-eight years old and lives with her husband, one daughter of 22 years and one son of 25 years who help her in all activities.

Rupeswari has been running a small dry food vending business for the last eight years. Her husband travels to the six nearest villages for selling of dry food items like bread, rolls, and biscuits, etc. every day. Rupeswari earns a monthly income of 4,000 INR from the above business. With this income, she is hardly able to manage her household expenses. So, she wants to expand her business by taking out a loan from Mahashakti Foundation. With the present loan, Rupeswari wants to purchase more stock of bread, rolls biscuits, etc. This will help her to meet the demand of the customers.

Rupeswari hopes to save enough to construct a house of her own and do wholesaling of dry food items. The other four members of the group are Rita, Pramila, Bati and Bisakha who are running businesses like a tailoring centre, a general store, and milk selling and cloth vending respectively.

In this group: Rita, Pramila, Bisakha, Rupeswari, Bati
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