A loan of $3,625 helped a member to purchase a Pico machine for stitching.

Maa Santoshi Group's story

Rasmita is the leader of a group that hails from Bolangir Town in the Bolangir district of Odisha, India. She is a 31-year-old married woman. The member seated first from the left in the first row raising her hand is Rasmita. She is running a tailoring unit in her locality. Her husband is doing auto repair work and sometimes is driving an auto from the railway station to town. Rasmita has a family of five members consisting of her husband and two sons (10 and 3 years old) and a daughter who is 6 years old.

Rasmita, along with 12 other members from her locality formed a group and applied for a loan to Mahashakti Foundation to expand their existing businesses. It is the first time the group will take a loan from MSF.

Out of their small income, Rasmita is maintaining her family in a low profile. At present, her monthly income is about Rs 8,000 but still it is not sufficient to meet the needs of her family. After learning the business procedures and knowledge, she wants to increase the volume of her business. Now she wants a loan to purchase a Pico machine for stitching.

In the future, she wants to have a stall of her own in her locality.

The other 13 members of her group (Pramila, Rajani, Jani, Minati, Minu, Pinki, Mamata, Sunita, Kasturi, Kalpana, Sanjukta, Subasini & Kishori) also want a loan for different purposes like doing a milk business, auto rickshaw transportation, a tailoring business, a Xerox business and a tiffin business.

In this group: Rasmita, Pramila, Rabjani, Jani, Minati, Minu, Pinki, Mamata*, Sunita, Kasturi, Kalpana, Sanjukta, Kishori, Subasini
*not pictured

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