A loan of $875 helped a member to purchase more stock of empty cement bags and procure ready-made products.


Maa Laxmi 'b' Group's story

This group comprises four members from a small rural village called Barpadar in the district of Nuapada of Odisha, one of the backward districts in India mainly known for drought and underdevelopment. The lady sitting second from the right and raising her hand in the photo is one of the members, named Anadi.

Anadi is 39 years old, living with her husband and five other family members. Anadi hails from a very poor, landless, illiterate Schedule Caste (SC), Below Poverty Line category. She is running a business of rope making, a procuring and selling business. This is a traditional business in her community. Previously, the people of this community used to make rope from cow and buffalo skin. Due to social restrictions and a progressive mindset, this has been replaced by plastic rope. These items are especially used for tethering domestic animals like cows, buffalo, sheep, and goats.

Her family helps Anadi in all aspects of the business, from the processing to the selling of products in different weekly markets at her locality. Her entire family works 8-10 hours daily in making these items. Her husband covers six weekly markets in a week by using public transport and a bicycle for selling the products. Her husband collects raw materials (empty cement bags) from different contractors and builders.

In a week, her family earns 2,000-4,000 INR, which is not sufficient to manage her family. So, Anadi wants to increase her income by adding some extra stock of empty cement bags and a self-transport facility. She wants to have enough stock for supporting her business to run for long days. Anadi wants to utilize the present loan for purchasing more stock of empty cement bags and procuring ready-made products from her locality.

Anadi dreams to have a bike for supporting the transporting and marketing of her products, as per her own sweet-will. She also wants to complete her half-constructed house.

The other three members of her group are Tuni, Jasoda and Jaemati, who belong to the same community and are doing the similar businesses of rope making and selling.

In this group: Anadi, Tuni, Jasoda, Jaemati



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