A loan of $4,300 helped a member to purchase a cow and some seasonal items like mahul and paddy.


Maa Tarini Group's story

Brundabati is a married woman, 31 years old, who lives in a remote village called Jaljad in the Bolangir district of Odisha, India. The lady sitting in the front, second from right with her hand raised is Brundabati. She lives with her three-member family comprised of her husband and one son aged three. She is very energetic, hard working and enthusiastic and always devotes her time to get her family ahead. Brundabati has been selling milk and doing a seasonal business with her husband for 10 years to maintain her family. Initially, she started the business in a low profile with a limited investment and purchased a cow. Gradually, she expanded her business and added one cow every year from her savings. In 2014, Brundabati, along with 15 other members of her village, formed a group named Maa Tarini and took a loan of Rs 16,000 each from Mahashakti Foundation for the development of their businesses. This is the first loan for her group. Now she is earning 7,000 INR per month from her business, which is very scanty to manage her big family. To add some extra income, her husband is doing some seasonal business in his village. So from this loan, she has purchased a cow (for selling milk) and some seasonal items, thereby increasing her income. Brundabati has a long cherished desire to build a permanent house for her family and educate her child in a better school in a nearby town. The other 15 members of her group are running a milk business, a vegetable business, grocery shops, hotels, etc.

In this group: Ahalya, Bijili, Bila, Brundabati, Brundabati, Jalata, Kasturi, Kumari, Nirupama, Padma, Pankajini, Raseswaree, Ratan , Saja, Sanka, Sumitra
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