A loan of $3,225 helped a member to purchase a cow for selling milk.


Shree Ram Group's story

Rupakanti is a married woman who is 30 years old and lives in a remote village called Thakapali in the Bolangir district of Odisha, India. The lady sitting in the front of the photo with her hand raised is Rupakanti. She lives with her six-member family including her husband, two sons (8 and 6 years old) and two daughters (10 and 4 years old). She is very energetic, hard working and enthusiastic and always devotes her time to get her family ahead.

Rupakanti has been doing a milk business with her husband in her village for the last five years to maintain her family. Initially she started the business with a low profile and limited investment and purchased a cow. Gradually, she expanded her business and added one cow every year. In 2014, Rupakanti along with 11 other members of her village formed a group 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 5,000 INR per month from her business, which is very scant to manage her big family. To add some extra income, her husband is doing some seasonal business in his village. With this loan, she has purchased a cow for selling of milk, thereby increasing her income. Rupakanti has a long cherished desire to build a permanent house for her family. The other 11 members of her group are doing a milk business, goat rearing, hotel, grocery shop, tailoring, etc.

In this group: Aruna, Basumati , Budari, Dileswari , Jyosna, Kamala, Rupakanti, Sanjukta, Sasmita, Sita, Subidha, Supan
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