A loan of $650 helped a member to purchase leaves to make leaf plates for sale.


Jalakanya Group's story

Lily is a married woman of 24 years and lives with her husband and two daughters and one son aged about 5, 3 and 1 respectively, at Bissam Cuttack under Rayagada district of Odisha, India. The lady standing at the extreme left with raised hand is Lily. She is very energetic, hard-working and always devotes her time for the betterment of her family. Lily makes leaf plates and sells them in the local market. She has been doing this business for the last six years. Lily’s husband is a 4th class employee (Home guard). Their family income is only Rs.3,500 per month, so it is very difficult to manage their day-to-day life. Soon after her marriage, Lily started leaf plate making and sold the plates. Initially she was selling them from her home. People were coming and purchasing, but when she started to supply leaf plates and cups to the grocery shops and wedding parties, her business expanded and she able to earn more income. She has already accessed two loans from Mahashakti. This time she needs a loan to purchase leaves from the wholesale market for expanding her business. She has an ambition of having a 'pacca' (beautiful) house of her own. The other members of her group, Archana, Ambadi and Laxmi, also want a loan for their leaf plate businesses.

In this group: Archana, Laxmi, Lily, Ambadi
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