A loan of $5,375 helped a member to purchase fertilizer and hybrid seeds of maize, paddy (rice), vegetables and small flower plants.


Maa Tarini Shg (G) Group's story

"Maa Tarini SHG" is a self help group of eleven members from a small village of Odisha, India with Laxmi being selected to act as the Kiva representative. Laxmi is standing sixth from right in pink sari with her hand raised. The credit consists of the necessary materials to plant vegetables, flowers, maize and paddy (rice).

Laxmi is a reliable member of the group. She is married and has two children. Laxmi is 43 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 12 years to support her family. In addition to this, Laxmi is very active in her group and is involved with a farming institute to learn new concepts of farming. She described her harvest last year as good. She hopes to continue working in this activity to grow more.

Working with this group and with People's Forum has improved Laxmi's life because she has more farm training and has been able to put aside money to feed her family. In the future, Laxmi hopes that her profits from 2014 can be used to send her children to a good school.

Laxmi will use her portion to cover the initial cost of purchasing seeds and fertilizer. People's Forum continues to provide training and support throughout the planting and harvesting season to ensure a good harvest and repayment. With support from People's Forum and the Kiva loan, these farmers will have a chance at a successful harvest, increased profits and improved lives.

In this group: Laxmi, Saras, Mamata, Seeta, Nalinee, Gita, Sarajini, Sulochana, Basanti, Bangali, Jhunu



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