A loan of $2,075 helped a member to buy high-quality paddy seeds, fertilizers and manure.

Sasthi Self Help Group's story

The Sasthi Self Help Group is led by Alokrani (hand raised). The group is native to the village of Mahabbatnagar in West Bengal. Alokrani has been a part of this group for the last 18 years. She lives with her husband and a son. Alokrani, in her fifties, always yearned for a bright future for her son and to educate him until graduation. Her son has completed a Bachelor of Arts. They live in a house made of mud with thatched roofing.

They have their own cultivatable paddy field, where they grow Boro crop (a type of paddy). Alokrani has good experience in paddy cultivation. Her son and husband help her in the paddy cultivation. The current income is not enough to meet the family’s expenditures. She wants to take on additional paddy cultivation to have a sustainable income, for which she is requesting a loan to buy high-quality paddy seeds, fertilizers and manure. She wants to save to buy new land.

Other members of the group will go for paddy cultivation, fish farming, poultry farming, and one will open a grocery shop, for which they need a loan of INR 125,000. They all hope their new ventures will increase their earnings and fulfill their dreams of a secure future for their families.

In their endeavor, these women are helped by local NGO, Sabuj Sangha, which works in the field of women’s empowerment and provides them with necessary training to carry on various income-generating activities.

In this group: Alokrani, Alpana, Anjali, Parbati, Mira Rani

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