A loan of $1,950 helped a member to purchase a leaf plate press machine and a bulk quantity of leaves.


Mahalaxmi Group's story

Sasmita, aged about 29 years, is the group leader of a five-member group from Muniguda town, situated in the Rayagada district of Odisha state in India. Her family comprises four members: her husband, one son aged 13, and one daughter aged 11. The member sitting in the middle with a raised hand is Sasmita.

At present, she is doing a leaf plate-making business and silver utensils business in her locality. She is a very active lady who wants some extra income out of her own efforts.

During 2010, she, along with four other members of her village, formed a group, and for the first time they took a loan from Mahashakti Foundation for development of their existing businesses. Sasmita’s husband is assisting her to run the business smoothly. At present, her family income is Rs. 5,000 per month, which is not sufficient to maintain the family.

To improve her living condition and to earn some extra income, Sasmita wants to avail a fourth loan. From the loan amount, she will purchase a leaf plate press machine and a bulk amount of leaves for her business. She would like to convert her present business to a small grocery shop in the future.

The other four members are named Radhamani, Rina, Subasini and Sushama. They are doing leaf plate-making, auto-rickshaw, utensil business and a tent house business respectively.

In this group: Radhamani, Rina, Subasini, Sushama, Sasmita
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