A loan of $2,925 helped a member to purchase land, seeds and fertilizers.


Maa Kalijai Mahila Self Help Group.'s story

In 2009, 12 women from the small village of Balugaon stepped out, decided to build a secure future for their families and formed a group named Maa Kalijai Mahila Self Help Group. The members of Maa Kalijai Mahila Self Help Group are all women from the district of Khurda in Odisha, India. One of them is Posi, who was selected as their president. The lady in the picture seated second from the right is Posi. Posi is 30 years old and lives with her husband and her two children. Her husband is a farmer and has been involved in the activity of cultivation for a long time. She got the idea of doing vegetable cultivation from her husband, so she gathered some other women from her neighborhood and told them about her plan. They liked her idea and appreciated her. She took over the leadership of the group and started to cultivate vegetables and sell them in her village. Initially, she started growing only a few vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, and onions but later on she grew bitter gourd, snake gourd, cucumbers, ladyfingers and brinjal (eggplant). She has a very good relationship with her customers as the vegetables she sells are fresh. Now she has a new idea to purchase some more land for cultivation so that she can grow more vegetables on a larger scale. For this reason, she has requested a loan. She will use the loan to purchase land, seeds and fertilizers.

In this group: Posi, Laxmi, Nirupama, Gauri, Satya, Jhili, Satya, Gurubari, Dukhi, Malati, Sundari, Menaka
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