A loan of $900 helped a member purchase rice, sugar, soap, oil, washing powder, potatoes, onions, ginger, garlic, dried chilly, and spice powders, etc.


Maa Manikeswari Group's story

Mamata, aged about 30 years, resides with her husband and two sons aged about 8 and 5 years at Kutragada, Rayagada district in Odisha, India. The lady standing at the extreme left with raised hand in the photograph is Mamata. In the year 2009 she formed a JLG with three other members of her village to access loans from Mahashakti Foundation.

For the last 11 years, Mamata has been running a grocery shop. Her husband is a small farmer but also help her with running the business. Mamata’s household income per month is about Rs.6,000 (INR). According to Mamata, this amount is not at all sufficient for her to manage the household expenditures, so she wants to expand her business to earn some extra income.

She has already accessed three loans from Mahashakti. This is her fourth cycle loan. From the present loan, she wants to purchase rice, sugar, soap, oil, washing powder, potatoes, onions, ginger, garlic, dried chilly, and spice powders, etc. for her grocery shop. Mamata has an ambition to educate her sons for a bright career.

The other three members of the group, Bhagabati, Kabita & Joshna, need a loan for a grocery shop, a leaf plate business and a cycle shop respectively.

In this group: Bhagabati, Joshna, Kabita, Mamata



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