A loan of $2,975 helped a member tp pay for purchasing a water pump, fertilizer and farm inputs like seeds and pesticides for her farm.

Maa Kantajuren Group's story

Maa Kantajuren Self-Help Group (SHG) was formed in March 2014. It consists of 11 rural poor women members who live below the poverty line. This group is located in a remote rural village named Phursund of Nuapada district of Odisha, India. Most of the households of this village are potters and cultivators. Tejkanti is one of the members of this group. She belongs to a potter community whose traditional business was making earthen pots. But these days many families have given up this work and are adopting other sources of income.

The lady sitting second from right with raised hand in the photo is Tejkanti. She is a very active lady of 31 years age. She lives with her husband, one son of 9 years and two daughters of 14 and 4 years. Her elder son and daughter are continuing their study in the local school.

Tejkanti has a vegetable cultivation farm. She and her husband manage the farm. Her husband is an active and cheerful farmer. They produce vegetables like brinjal, cauliflower, carrot, cabbage, chili, cucumber, papaya, ladyfinger, onion, etc. in the farm. She sells her products to the traders of the nearest town who come to take vegetables from her farm. Her husband also goes to markets to sell the products.

Tejkanti says that she earns a minimum of 5,000 INR per month from this business, which is insufficient to meet the day-to-day expenses of her family, farm expenses and the educational expenses of her children. Although she has more land for cultivation, due to lack of funds, she is not able to cultivate it.

Therefore Tejkanti wants to expand her business by taking a loan of 16,000 INR from Mahashakti Foundation. She is planning to use the present loan to buy a water pump, fertilizer and farm inputs like seeds and pesticides for her farm. She expects a good return from her business by expanding her cultivation. Tejkanti hopes to construct a house and educate her children to lead a respectable life. She also hopes to give her whole family a bright future through her hard work.

The other ten members of this group are involved in businesses like vegetable cultivation, cycle mart, general grocery shop and vegetable vending.

In this group: Tejkanti, Rajeswari, Suryakanti, Jashoda, Koushalya, Lalita, Chandrika , Jamunadei, Kantilata, Anushaya, Sabetri
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