A loan of $2,425 helped a member to buy medicine stock for her shop.

Annapurna Self Help Group's story

Aspirations of a prosperous future for children, welfare of the family and society, along with an aim to the upliftment of the village as a whole, brought this group of women together. The Annapurna Self-help group, working under the aegis of Sabuj Sangha, provides support to women in the rural areas to contribute to the income of their families and improve their living standards.

The group hails from the village of Mahabbatnagar in West Bengal. The village is the one of the most remote in the region and even lacks basic amenities like pakka (not made of concrete and mortar) houses, electricity, etc. But the village is rich in spirit and the ideas of its women folk who want to be something in life. And this change in attitude has been brought by the continuous efforts of Sabuj Sangha.

Kabita, a grandmother in her fifties who has a family of eight, has been the leader of the group for the past fifteen years. She has never defaulted on any of her borrowing to date and is running her single shop of medicines in the village successfully. She is supported in her endeavor by her family and other members of the group. Now she wants to make her business bigger to become sustainable and leave her mark in the village.

Through Kabita’s motivation and training, other members in the group also want to foray into the wonderland of prosperity by starting a new enterprise or expanding the current business. Kabita will invest the amount to buy new medicine stock for her shop.

Another member named Aparna wants to follow the steps of the leader by opening a medical shop, Alok want to cash in on her family’s skill of betel leaves cultivation, and Gita and Saraswati want to go for paddy cultivation.

These aspirants only fall back because of lack of financial options and need a loan of INR 145,000. Such a group of hardworking and experienced ladies needs to be appreciated, to make them the forerunners in the much-needed reforms.

In this group: Kabita , Gita , Saraswati , Aparna , Alok
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