A loan of $2,700 helped a member to purchase a bundle of yarn for weaving saris.


Maa Gayatri Group's story

Hatibandha is a rural village situated 100 kilometers from the district Head Quarters of Nuapada in Odisha, India. After intervention of Mahashakti Foundation in early 2014, 10 active women came out to take a loan by forming a Self Help Group (SHG) named Maa Gayatri. Saraswati is one of the members. She is sitting with her hand raised in the photo. She is 46 years old and living with her husband, two sons and one daughter. Saraswati hails from a traditional cloth-weaving community. For the last 30 years, her family has been doing a cloth weaving business. Now she has two handlooms for weaving saris. Her husband purchases the yarn/thread from a town situated 40 kms away. They prepare 80 to 100 pieces from a bundle of yarn, which costs around 10,000-15,000 rupees. Saraswati does the initial processing of the thread to make it ready for weaving and after that, her husband fits it to the handloom and weaves the sari. They only weave saris because of the demands of the market. Her family works around 8-10 hours a day and weaves one piece of sari on each handloom. Saraswati sells her products to the local traders on a weekly basis. She earns a monthly income of Rs. 6,000, which is not sufficient to maintain her family. With her present loan, Saraswati wants to buy thread/yarn in bulk. Purchasing more stock at a time will help her to reduce the purchasing and transportation costs of the raw material. Saraswati wishes to grow her business and save enough to complete the construction of her half-constructed house and give a better education to her children. The other nine members of the SHG are doing various businesses like weaving, cloth selling, running a general store, a tent house and an electronics shop.

In this group: Saraswati, Gamgeswari, Kabita, Nrupa, Annapurna*, Premasila, Pad, Mohana , Champabati, Lata
*not pictured



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