A loan of $2,475 helped a member to purchase rice, pulses (lentils), wheat, sugar, tea, salt, potatoes, onions, soap, washing powder, etc. for grocery shop.

Maa Ghatagan Tarini Group's story

Padmabati, aged about 46 years, is the group leader of a four-member group from Muniguda town situated in the district of Rayagada, Odisha, India. She is running a grocery shop and a tailoring shop. Her family is comprised of four members, her husband, and two sons aged 21 and 25. The member standing second from right with raised hand is Padmabati. Her husband owns an Auto Rickshaw and running from the Railway Station/Bus Station to nearby villages to earn his livelihood. Padmabati is a very active lady who wants some extra income out of her own efforts.

Padmabati along with three other members of her village formed a group and it is the fifth time she will take a loan from Mahashakti Foundation for the development of their existing businesses. At present her family income is about Rs.8,500 per month which is not sufficient to manage her family and to keep pace with present-day society.

To improve her living conditions and to earn some extra income, she wants to access a loan. From the loan she will add some grocery items like rice, pulses (lentils), wheat, sugar, tea, etc. to her shop. She has a dream to expand her business and wants to be a wholesaler of grocery items in her small town by maintaining varieties of items.

The other three members are Saraswati, Bhagyalaxmi and Bijayalaxmi,doing fast food, a rice mill and a grocery shop respectively.

In this group: Padmabati, Bhagyalaxmi, Bijayalaxmi, Saraswati

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