A loan of $5,875 helped a member to purchase land, seeds and fertilizers.

Maa Grameswari Self Help Group's story

In 2009, 13 women from Darada village stepped out and decided to build a secure future for their families and formed a group named Maa Grameswari Self Help Group. The members of Maa Grameswari Self Help Group are all women from a district of Khurda in Odisha, India. One of them is Mrs.Basanti, who was selected as their president. The lady standing second from the left side in the back row and wearing a blue-colour saree in the photo is Basanti.

Basanti is 41 years old and is staying with her husband and her two children. Her husband is a farmer and has been involved in the activity of cultivation for a long time. She got the idea of doing vegetable cultivation from her husband, so she gathered some other women from her neighbourhood and told them about her plan. They liked her idea and appreciated her. She took the leadership of the group and started to cultivate vegetables and sell them in her village.

Initially, she started with growing only a few vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes and onions, but later on she grew bitter gourd, snake gourd, cucumber, lady finger (okra) and brinjal (eggplant). She has a very good relationship with her customers, as she sells fresh vegetables to her customers. Now she has a new idea to purchase some more land for cultivation so that she can grow more vegetables on a large scale. She has requested a loan to purchase land, seeds and fertilizers.

In this group: Basanti, Kanakalata, Sita, Laxmipriya, Kuni, Manarama, Ulasini, Sanjukta , Sanjukta , Binodini, Kunimani, Sitamani, Minakhi

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