A loan of $3,575 helped a member to purchase seeds and fertilizer for her farmland.


Maa Mangala Shg Group's story

The self-help group "Maa Mangla Shg" is made up of 11 women who fight each day to improve their families' financial stability. They are friendly, kind people who still maintain the culture and traditions of their villages. These women live in a small village in Odisha, India. One of the members of this group is acting as the Kiva representative. She is Indrabati, the lady in the picture standing with her hand raised. She is 44 years old, married and has one child. Indrabati's husband works as a day laborer. The house they live in is their own. This member learned to work in the fields from her parents at a young age. It is now her way of life. Agriculture provides her income. In addition to planting vegetables, Indrabati has a greenhouse for different vegetables. At the moment, it is working out well.Her work gives her the opportunity to be at home to take care of her family. Indrabati is taking this loan because she wants to keep investing in her business. The profit she earns is a great help in meeting her family's expenses. The money from this loan will be invested in the purchase of seeds and fertilizer for her greenhouse. Indrabati's goal is to help her child have a decent career.

In this group: Indrabati, Lili, Magi, Kalabati, Manu, Sanju, Sabitri, Jamuna, Tulasi, Sari, Tara
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