A loan of $2,000 helped a member to purchase hammers and other materials to prepare stone chips.

Maa Risipiten Group's story

Risigaon is a small village in the Nuapada district of Odisha, India. Most of the residents of this village are poor and belong to Schedule Tribe, Schedule Caste and Other Backward Class. This village is surrounded by hills and natural rock plates, which is a blessing for the villagers to earn a livelihood. They prepare stone chips from the black granite stones of the hills, sell it to the builders and earn their livelihood.

Himadri is an inhabitant of this village. The lady sitting in the middle with her hand raised in the photo is Himadri. She is 33 and resides with her husband, two sons and one daughter. The main source of income for Himadri is preparing and selling stone chips. She and her husband prepare stone chips. The stone chips prepared from the stone boulders are used inter-alia in the manufacture of concrete sleepers, construction of roads, bridges, buildings and other construction work. Himadri has been doing this business for the last 10 years and the earnings are just hand to mouth for her family. The reality is that, due to poor conditions, she brings an advance from the builders, prepares stone chips and sells them in distress to refund the advance. In spite of regular earnings, she is not able to improve her living conditions. So, to overcome this situation, in the year 2014 she formed a Self Help Group comprised of 10 members and each member took a loan of 12,000 INR from Mahashakti Foundation. With this loan, she will purchase a big hammer, a small hammer and other materials for the preparation of stone chips. Now she will not have to go for an advance and bargain with the builder for her products, which will definitely fetch more income for her. Himadri hopes to construct a house and give a better life to her children.

In this group: Himadri, Manjula, Chhayabati, Kasturi, Namita, Sambari, Subane, Jire, Ghalandi, Anusaya

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