A loan of $2,975 helped a member to purchase farm inputs like seeds, fertilizer and pesticides for her farming, and dough, sugar, oil, etc. for her dry food business.


Mahalaxmi Group's story

Gouri, the lady standing with a raised hand in the photo, is a hardworking, active and confident woman of the village of Goimundi in Nuapada district in Odisha, India. Her age is 28, and she is residing with her husband and son of one year’s age. Gouri has a vegetable cultivation farm being managed by her husband. He produces different types of vegetables, such as brinjal (eggplant), cauliflower, cabbage, chilies, ladies finger (okra), etc., on her farm. Apart from that, Gouri herself manages a sweet and salty dry food items making and supply business in her house. She supplies the retailers of nearby villages. From the above two businesses, Gouri earns a monthly income of 5,000 INR. With this income, Gouri maintains her family, purchases dough, oil, sugar, etc. for her dry food-making business, and seeds and fertilizer for the cultivation. She says, “I want to expand my business and cultivation, but finance is a problem for me.” After Mahashakti started intervention in her village, Gouri, along with twelve other women of her village, formed a Self-Help Group named “Mahalaxmi” and took a loan of 16,000 INR. With this loan, Gouri will purchase farm inputs like seeds, fertilizer and pesticides for her farming, and dough, sugar, oil, etc. for her dry food business. Gouri dreams to construct a house and educate her children to lead a respectable life. The other members of this group are also involved in microenterprises of their own.

In this group: Banita, Gouri, Rukmani, Jasobanta , Mithila, Bilas, Hemalata*, Rukha, Nura, Hemangini, Surjy, Belamati, Nruta*
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