A loan of $1,275 helped a member to purchase sugar, wheat, whole wheat, rice powder, spices, etc.


Mahabeena Group's story

Sudeshna lives in the small village of Muniguda in the district of Rayagada, Odisha, India. She is a headstrong and confident lady. She hails from a poor family. The lady sitting third from left in the photo raising her hand is Sudeshna. She is 41 years of age and lives with her husband and 3 sons, aged about 20, 18 and 16 years. Sudeshna prepares traditional sweets at her home and sells them in the local market. She has done this for the last 25 years with the hand-holding support of her husband. Her sweets shop is located in the main market. She is also selling sweets at home. She gets orders for special occasions and now her sweet items are so popular she is not able to supply everyone, because her sweets preparation is done by herself. Her husband is only selling at the market. In the year 2009, Sudeshna, along with five women from her village, formed a group to access loans from Mahashakti Foundation to expand their business. Now she wants her fourth cycle loan for the growth of her business, to purchase sugar, wheat, whole wheat, rice powder, spices, etc. The other five members of the group, Hemalata, Purnabashi, Sumati, Sanjulata and Radha, each want a loan for their "Leaf plate" business. They all have leaf plate businesses but their husbands have different occupations. All six members have the same economic status in society.

In this group: Sudeshna, Purnabashi, Sumati, Hemalata, Radha, Sanjulata
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