A loan of $1,950 helped a member to buy fertilizer and farm inputs, such as seeds and pesticides, for expanding her farming.


Maa Tarini Shg Group's story

Maa Tarini Self Help Group (SHG) was formed in January 2014 and consists of eight rural poor women belonging to the below-poverty-line category. This group is located in a remote rural village in the Angul district of Odisha, India. Vegetable cultivation and vending is the primary source of livelihood for most of the members of this group. Sanjukta is one of the members among them. The lady standing with a raised hand is Sanjukta. She is a very active lady of 28 years of age. She lives with her husband, two sons and two daughters. Sanjukta 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 (eggplant), 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. Sanjukta 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. Sanjukta wants to expand her business by taking a loan from People's Forum. She will utilize the present loan to buy fertilizer and farm inputs, such as seeds and pesticides, for her farm. She expects a good return from her business by expanding her cultivation. Sanjukta 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 seven members of this group are also involved in businesses like vegetable cultivation, general grocery shop, vegetable vending, and tailoring businesses.

In this group: Sanjukta, Lipi, Sailabala, Sabitri, Sita, Anjana, Radha, Pratima
*not pictured



Loan details


Lenders and lending teams




Loan details