A loan of $1,450 helped a member to buy mini rice-huller machine.

Pritilata Self Help Group-2's story

Narendrapur is a rural village of the South 24 Paraganas district in West Bengal, India. The four active women entrepreneurs of this village formed a Self-Help Group (SHG) named “Pritilata”. This SHG is managed by the local NGO “Sabuj Sangh” to expand their existing business. Kakali, the lady standing second from left with hand raised, is an energetic lady in her forties and lives with her husband, son and a daughter. Her son is about to complete his B.A. while her daughter is studying in 10th grade.

Kakali has been running a rice mill. Her husband also helps her to manage this unit. People in her community come to her for rice husking. She earns an annual net income of around 40,000 INR from the business. Out of this income she has been able to manage her household expenses in a decent manner. Kakali is now planning to increase her income by expanding the business as there is a growing demand in the locality. Kakali wants to buy another mini rice-huller machine from the loan amount to give better service to the customers. She is certain that this will generate a good income for her because in her locality most people do paddy cultivation.

Kakali hopes to save enough money to repair her house and give better education to her children.

The other three members of the group, Archana, Parul and Kajol are requesting a loan for rice mills and paddy cultivation.

In this group: Kakali , Archana, Parul, Kajol

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