A loan of $725 helped a member to purchase rice, pulses (lentils), sugar, tea, flour, oil and other grocery items.

Maa Mangala Group's story

Jharana is the leader of a group that hails from Bissam Cuttack of Rayagada district of Odisha, India. She is a married woman of 35 years of age. She has a small family comprised of four members including one daughter and one son, aged 12 and 16 years respectively. The member standing second from right with raised hand is Jharana.

Jharana manages a small grocery shop in her locality. Her husband does seasonal business in her village moving from market to market. In 2010 Jharana, along with other three members from her locality, formed a group and took a loan from Mahashakti Foundation for develop their existing businesses. This is the third loan for Jharana from Mahashakti Foundation.

At the time of accessing her first loan, her husband was accustomed to attend weekly markets of nearby villages for seasonal business. Out of their small income, they are maintaining their family in a low profile way. To improve her living condition and to earn some extra income, Jharana accessed a second loan and constructed a shed in her house and started selling grocery items. Now she is very much confident in running her business and has developed her grocery shop significantly. At present her monthly income is Rs.5,000 but that is not sufficient to lead a better life. So, she wants to take a further loan to add some extra items like rice, pulses (lentils), sugar, tea, flour, oil and other grocery items. She has a cherished dream to educate her children in a better school/college so they can get employment in the government sector.

The other three members are Susila, who has a fast food centre, and Sujata and Labanyabati who make and sell leaf plates.

In this group: Jharana, Labanyabati, Sujata, Susila

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