A loan of $3,875 helped a member to buy fertilizer and farm inputs like seeds and pesticides for expanding her farming.


Maa Laxmi Group's story

Maa Laxmi Self Help Group (SHG) was formed in January 2014 and consists of fifteen rural poor women belonging to the below-poverty-line category. This group is located in a remote rural village named Turekela, in the Balangir district of Odisha, India. Vegetable cultivation and vending is the primary source of livelihood for most of the members of this group. Parbati is one of the members among them. The lady standing third from left in the back row with brinjal (eggplants) in her hand is Parbati. She is a very active lady of 31 years of age. She lives with her husband, two sons and two daughters. Parbati has a vegetable cultivation farm of one hectare. She and her husband manage the farm. Her husband is an active and cheerful farmer. They produce vegetables like brinjal, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, chilies, cucumbers, papaya, lady’s finger (okra), onions, etc. on the farm. She sells her products to the traders from the nearest town who come to take vegetables from her farm. Parbati says that she earns a minimum amount of 5,000 INR per month from this business. This is insufficient to meet the day-to-day expenses of her family as well as the farm expenses. Parbati wants to expand her business by taking a loan from Mahashakti Foundation. She will utilize the present loan to buy fertilizer and farm inputs like seeds and pesticides for her farm. She expects a good return from her business by expanding her cultivation. Parbati dreams to construct a house and purchase a water pump for a better irrigation facility for her farm. She also hopes to give her whole family a bright future through her hard work. The other fourteen members of this group are also involved in businesses like vegetable cultivation, general grocery shop, vegetable vending, and tailoring businesses.

In this group: Parbati, Kanti , Manju , Rashmita, Harabati, Bhagyabati, Lambai, Parbati, Jayanti, Anadi, Bhukei*, Mahalati, Arun, Radha, Jashomani
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