A loan of $2,825 helped a member to pay the school fees of her son.


Shree Renuka Devi Mahila Swasahay Sangh - Nasalapur Group's story

Rajeshree (the lady standing with her hand raised in the picture) lives in Nasalapur, Raibag, Belgaum. She is married and has four children. Both of the girls are married; one son has completed an ITI (Industrial Training Institute) course, and the other son is studying in 9th grade. She and her husband work in agriculture fields as daily wage workers.

Rajeshree has rented agriculture land, where she cultivates crops. As per the deal, she is supposed to share half of the harvest with the landowner and keep the rest. She usually sells the crop to make some profit. Her family earns 5,000 Indian rupees (INR) per month. This income is hardly sufficient to manage the day-to-day expenses. Rajeshree is also finding it difficult to pay for her children’s education. Hence, she is requesting a loan of 10,000 INR for her children's education expenses.

Rajeshree is the leader of the self-help group (SHG) “Shree Renuka Devi Mahila Swasahay Sangh”. The group consists of eleven enterprising women, but only ten members are taking out a loan. All of them work as laborers in the fields. They all hope to save an adequate amount for their future. The group is helped by a local NGO, Mashila Abhivrudhi Mattu Samrkshana Samsthe (MASS), which provides requisite knowledge, training and motivation to women so they can be independent and earning hands for their families.

In this group: Rajeshree , Buravva, Sushila, Muktabai, Latha, Geeta, Vatsala, Gangubai, Ashivini, Indrabai



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