A loan of $2,700 helped a member to purchase grocery items in bulk directly from the wholesalers.


Maa Samaleswari Shg (C) Group's story

Maa Samaleswari SHG Self-Help Group consists of nine members who are all women. These entrepreneurs are very humble, hardworking and responsible people with good manners and lots of enthusiasm to improve their lives. A few years back, they all were facing the same kind of situation of poverty, so they planned to start some business activities where they could provide the basic household consumables, vegetables, fruits, etc. to their customers.

One of them is Pratima, the lady standing with raised hand in the picture, who was selected as their president. Pratima is a 25-year-old lady living with her husband and her three children who are at their schooling. Her husband works as a farmer. She runs a grocery shop to help her husband financially. She sells rice, grains, lentils, edible oil, spices, biscuits, soap, detergent, hair oil etc. in her shop. She has developed a very good relationship with her customers in the village. She likes the fact that she can cater to the needs of the people in her village.

She has a plan to make her shop bigger and keep multiple things in her shop such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soft drinks, wheat flour, grains and other household consumables to satisfy her customers. She also wants to purchase the items for her shop in bulk directly from the wholesalers, for which she has requested a loan. She says on the behalf of the group, "We are grateful to the Kiva and its lenders for providing us this opportunity to grow."

In this group: Pratima, Susama, Nilandri, Sarojini, Jema, Pramila, Chanchala, Priyatama, Sukeshi, Alati, Sarojini
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