A loan of $2,700 helped a member to purchase a new photocopy machine.

Maa Mangala Group's story

Jasoda, the lady sitting in front with her hand raised in the photograph is a young and active married woman who is 28 years old. She is a permanent resident of Hatibandha village in Nuapada district in Odisha, India. She hails from a business class family. She resides with her husband and two children. Her children are studying in a private school in her village.

Jasoda has been running a computer center with a photo copier and photo studio in her village with the help of her husband for the last nine years. Presently, she is earning a monthly income of 10,000 INR. With this small income, Jasoda can hardly manage her family's expenses along with her business investment and the educational expenses of her children. Prior to the intervention of Mahashakti Foundation, Jasoda was in search of a credit source to expand her business to meet her financial needs. When Mahashakti started working in her village, she motivated nine other women from her locality and formed a Self Help Group named Maa Mangala to take a loan for the development of their businesses. Jasoda herself took a loan of 16,000 INR to purchase a new photocopy machine for quality service to her customers. Jasoda hopes this investment will definitely help her to increase her income. With this vision, she hopes to give better higher education to her children, as now they are at the primary school stage. In the future, she dreams of purchasing a digital video camera.

The other nine members of the group are running a tailoring center, a betel shop, a computer and courier service, a Tiffin stall, vending vegetables, etc.

In this group: Jasoda, Sushama, Ambuja, Padamphula, Kaushalya, Padmabati, Shail, Indumati, Padmabati, Phul

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