A loan of $2,500 helped a member to purchase thread/yarn in bulk.

Maa Santoshi-1 Group's story

In 2010, four women from Bhuliasikuan village, located in Nuapada district of Odisha, India, stepped out and decided to build a secure future for their families with their contributions. They formed a group named “Maa Santoshi-1” to avail credit from Mahashakti Foundation for development of their existing businesses.

Sabitri is one of the group members. She is standing third from the right with her hand raised in the photo. She is 45 years old and lives with her husband, one son of 21 years and one daughter of 18 years of age.

Sabitri hails from a traditional cloth-weaving community. She has been running a cloth-weaving business with her husband. Presently she has three hand looms for weaving saris. Her husband purchases the yarn/thread from a trader 20 km away from her village. They knit 80 to 100 pieces from a bundle of yarn, which costs around 10,000-15,000 rupees. Sabitri has engaged two workers for the initial processing and weaving of saris. She only produces saris because of the demand in the market. Sabitri gets five pieces of sari per day.

She sells her products to the local traders, who come to take the products from her home on a weekly basis. From this business, she earns a monthly income of 10,000 rupees, which is not sufficient to materialize her future dream. With the present loan of 36,000 INR Indian rupees), she wants to buy thread/yarn in bulk. Purchasing more stock at a time will help her to reduce the purchasing and transportation costs of the raw materials.

Sabitri wishes to grow her business and save enough to complete her half-constructed house.

The other three members of the group are Snehalata, Baidaihi and Manjula, doing a mobile servicing centre and milk business, cloth vending and sweet items making, and weaving business respectively.

In this group: Baidaihi, Snehalata, Manjula, Sabitri

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