A loan of $4,350 helped a member to pay for purchasing a rice huller.

Santoshi 'b' Group's story

Duajhar is a rural village of the Nuapada district in Odisha, India. In the year 2013, six active women entrepreneurs of this village formed a group named Santoshi B to access a loan from Mahashakti Foundation to expand their existing businesses. Santoshi is one of them. The lady standing second from right with raised hand in the photo is Santoshi. She is an energetic young lady of 27 years who lives with her husband, one son of three years, her father-in-law and mother-in-law.

Santoshi has been running a rice huller and rice flakes-making machine in her village for 15 years. Her husband manages this unit. People from a five-mile radius come to this place for rice husking and rice flakes making. She earns a monthly net income of 8,000 INR from the existing businesses. Out of this income she has been able to manage her household expenses in a decent manner. So Santoshi is planning to increase her income by expanding the business. Looking into the demand of the locality, from the present loan of 48,000 INR Santoshi wants to buy another rice huller to give better service to the customers. She is certain that this will generate a handsome income for her because in a radius of five miles this type of facility is not available.

Santoshi hopes to save enough money to construct a good house and give better education to her son.

The other five members of the group, Kumudini, Bhabita, Maharagi, Umakanti and Supta, are doing a tent house business, a sweet making unit, a fruits stall, etc.

In this group: Kumudini, Bhabita, Maharagi, Umakanti, Supta*, Santoshi
*not pictured

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