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Maa Mangala Shg Group
In this Group: Puspalata, Jyotsna, Mamata, Jasabanti, Manjulata, Bidulata, Sabita, Jema, Santilata
In 2011, nine women from a small village in Odisha stepped out and decided to build a secure future for their families. They formed a group named Maa Mangala Self-Help Group. The members of Maa Mangala Self-Help Group are all women from the district of Jajpur in Odisha, India.

One of them is Puspalata, who was selected as their president. In the picture, the lady standing with raised hand is Puspalata.

Puspalata is 33 years old and lives with her husband and her four children. Her husband is a farmer and has been involved in the activity of cultivation for a long time.

She got the idea of doing vegetable cultivation from her husband, so she gathered some other women from her neighbourhood and told them about her plan. They liked her idea and appreciated her. She took on the leadership of the group and started to cultivate vegetables and sell them in her village. Initially, she started growing only a few vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, and onions, but later on, she grew bitter gourd, snake gourd, cucumbers, lady fingers and brinjal (eggplant). She has a very good relationship with her customers as she sells fresh vegetables to her customers.

Now she has a new idea to purchase some more seeds, vegetable plants, fertilizers, and pesticides to increase her production and grow vegetables on a large scale, for which she has requested a loan to purchase land, seeds and fertilizers.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is specifically designed for People's Forum's vulnerable clients, including family members of leprosy patients, people who are physically challenged and third gender individuals. By funding this loan, you are supporting low income individuals in India who are excluded for gender or health reasons. 

Important note about this loan

Due to Indian government regulations, if you fund this loan, you will not be repaid for at least 3 years. This borrower will likely repay your loan much sooner than that, in which case, the Field Partner may re-loan your funds to help other local borrowers. We want you to be aware of this minimum 3-year waiting period and the associated risks before making a loan to Indian borrowers on Kiva. Learn More >

About People's Forum

People’s Forum is a development organization based in Odisha, India that provides affordable loan products and support services to women. The organization distinguishes itself by reaching out to particularly marginalized groups, including leprosy-affected families, widows, single mothers, and disabled persons. People’s Forum will harness Kiva’s flexible, zero-interest capital to serve even more borrowers in one of the poorest regions of India.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.


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About India

  • $4,000
    Average annual income
  • 96
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    India Loans Fundraising
  • $6,748,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 59.9
    India Rupees (INR) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A portion of Maa Mangala Shg Group's $1,525 loan helped a member to purchase land, seeds and fertilizers.
0% repaid
Repayment Term
43 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Mar 11, 2014
Apr 5, 2014
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