A loan of $2,600 helped a member to purchase ready-made fancy garments to sell.

Maa Bastaren-A Group's story

In January 2014, 11 women entrepreneurs from a remotely located rural village called Jurabandh in the Balangir district of Odisha, India formed a Self Help Group (SHG) named Maa Bastren-A with the objective of expanding their existing businesses by taking a loan from Mahashakti Foundation. Mamata, a most active and energetic lady of 30 years who is standing in front with her hand raised in the photo is one of them. She is a cheerful lady with high ambition. Her family consists of her husband, one son age six and two daughters who are twelve and ten years old.

For the last 10 years, Mamata has been running a clothing vending business with the help and support of her husband. She and her husband purchase ready-made garments from a wholesale market 100 kilometers away from her village. Her husband moves to different villages and weekly markets on a bike to sell the garments. She earns a monthly income of 8,000 INR from her existing business. But the present income is not sufficient to manage the business expenses as well as the household expenses for her family. So Mamata wants to raise her income by increasing the volume of her business. With the present loan of 16,000 INR, she is planning to purchase some quality fancy garments for selling. Mamata hopes that this will definitely generate a handsome amount of extra income. She has a dream of saving enough for the better education of her children and construction of a good house.

The other 10 members of the group are doing small businesses like a goatery, vegetable vending, onion cultivation, milk selling, a general store etc.

In this group: Mamata , Jhumaki, Dukkhi, Premashila, Banibasi, Kshiradhi, Sunadei, Semakanti, Susila, Tatahula, Bilas

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