A loan of $1,800 helped a member to buy lambs for rearing.

Greens Bhagya Lakshmi Group's story

Shantavva is 33 years old and has three children. Her husband migrates to town for six months to work as a construction laborer as their village, Togunasi in North Karnataka, comes in a dry belt and people have very little to do in farms. To change the economic condition of their families most women in the village have created Joint Liability Groups (JLG) which are activity based and are practicing various allied agricultural activities for additional income.

Shantavva (the lady with the raised hand in the picture) is part of Greens Bhagya Lakshmi JLG. She and four other members of her group have setup a sheep and goat rearing micro enterprise. Shantavva's business gives her an additional income apart from her laborer job in farms where on a work day she earns 120 Indian Rupees (INR). The economic insecurity has made one of her sons to drop out of school and join his father as a construction worker. She wants to keep her other two children in school and for that Shantavva needs to expand her business.

Shantavva now seeks a loan to purchase six more sheep and push her rearing business to a stronger production stage. The other members of the group also want to have more sheep so that their annual production of the cattle increase, which will bring more profits. All other group members want to buy at least 3 lambs each. Each has potential to earn 18,000 INR within a cycle of seven months.

In this group: Shantavva, Rangavva, Renavva, Renavva, Chennavva

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