A loan of $3,375 helped a member to purchase a sewing machine and also a cow.


Gayatri Group's story

Umadei, aged about 47 years, is the leader of a group that hails from Larkipali of Bolangir district of Odisha, India. She lives with her husband and son. The member seating first from right in the first row, raising her hand, is Umadei.

Umadei has been managing a tailoring shop in her locality for the last 20 years. To add to her income, she is also doing a milk business, rearing two cows. She came together to form a Self-Help Group along with the other 12 members from her village and wishes to get a loan from Mahashakti Foundation for the development of their existing businesses. This is their first cycle loan.

Using their small income Umadei maintains her family in a low profile. Now she is very much confident in running her business and has developed her shop significantly. At present her monthly income is about Rs.5,000. With the present loan, she wants to purchase a cow and a sewing machine. She has a dream to construct a pacca (concrete-walled) house for herself.

The other 12 members of her group are Snigdhanjali, Surusuta, Rupa, Gahala, Gouri, Rukuni, Soudamini, Supana, Malli, Banalata, Pushpa, and Gurubari. They also want loan for different purposes like dairy, raising goats, electrical shop, vegetable vending, grocery shop, tailoring and betel shop.

In this group: Snigdhanjali, Surusuta, Rupa, Gahala, Gouri, Rukuni, Soudamini, Supana, Malli, Banalata, Pushpa*, Umadei, Gurubari
*not pictured



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