A loan of $2,425 helped a member to pay for purchasing rice, wheat, oil, biscuits, potatoes, lentils, etc.

Jay Maa Durga- A Group's story

In the year 2009, four active women from Junani of Nuapada district in Odisha, India formed a group named Jay Maa Durga to access a loan from Mahashakti Foundation and expand their businesses. Drupadi is one of them. The young lady of 29 years standing second from left in the photo, raising her hand, is Drupadi. She lives with her husband; one daughter aged 8 and one son of 4 years old.

Drupadi has been running a general grocery shop in her village for last six years with the help of her husband. She started the business in a very low profile manner with a small investment of her own. At that time her monthly net income was around 2,000 INR. It was very difficult on the part of Drupadi to maintain her family. After formation of the group to date Drupadi has already accessed four loans amounting 10,000, 14,000, 18,000 & 20,000 and gradually developed her grocery shop by adding new items like a freezer for selling cold drinks, etc.

Presently she is earning a monthly income of 10,000 INR, but according to her this is not sufficient to materialize her dream. As per her statement, she was able to increase the variety of items in her shop but not the amount of inventory. She wants to increase her stock of raw materials. So according to Drupadi, the present loan of 40,000 INR will be utilized to purchase items like rice, wheat, lentils, oil, etc. for her general store. This will help her to reduce her purchasing and transportation costs as she will replenish her stock less frequently.

Drupadi hopes to save enough for building a good house for her family as the present house is very small. She has also a dream to give better education to both of her children. Drupadi, with a sentimental mood, expressed her satisfaction that she has got total success due to the timely support of Mahashakti Foundation.

The other three members of the group are Nandini, Binati and Tapaswini who are running a general grocery shop with dry food making, general store with fertilizer & pesticide, and a dry food supply business respectively.

In this group: Nandini, Binati , Drupadi, Tapaswini
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