A loan of $2,425 helped a member to buy fish food and baby fish to raise in her fish pond.

Maa Budhithakurani Shg Group's story

Sukanti, pictured here in the blue sari second from left in the first row, is the president of Maa Budhithakurani Self Help Group (SHG). She is 26 with two children and formed this group to help the women in her village improve their livelihoods so they can better support their families. Together, the women in the group live in a small village in the coastal region of Odisha, a state in Eastern India. Most of the women either raise fish, work in dairy farming, or operate small individual businesses in the village.

Sukanti will use a portion of her group's 150,000 rupee loan to expand her fishery. Specifically, she will buy fish food and baby fish to raise in a pond near her house. She is confident that increasing the number of fishes she raises will increase her family income and allow her to have enough money to send her kids to extra tutoring courses in the evenings so that they will be able to perform better in their studies and get a good education. It will help a lot for her family to be more independent, she says, and also earn a better standard of living. Her husband works as a mechanic and she will use some of the profits from her fishery to invest in his business as well.

The women in Maa Budhithakurani SHG dream of purchasing a large pond so they can raise more fish together and earn more profits.

In this group: Sukanti, Debjani, Annapurna, Pupsalata, Soudamini, Rita, Suka, Santilata, Rubina, Sumitra

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