A loan of $150 helped to start a business of puffed rice.

Anna's story

Anna is a 45-year-old housewife from Maynaguri. Her family consists of her husband, Binod, and two grown-up sons. They live in a small village, Tekatuli. Both Anna and her husband are illiterate and can only sign their names. Their sons are deprived of education due to their poverty. Now they work as laborers on daily wages.

Anna's husband is engaged in a small business of supplying food items. He buys different snack items from wholesale markets and supplies local shops. He and his sons have no consistent income. So it is hardly possible for them to bear all the household costs of a family of four members.

Now, Anna wants to start a business selling puffed rice to help the family financially. It is a very common and popular snack in India. It is made by heating sand in a pot and then throwing grains of rice into the heated sand. The rice puffs up and is separated from the sand with a strainer. Puffed rice is used on a wide variety of secular and religious occasions or even just to munch plain.

Anna has taken out a loan from Kiva's partner Belghoria Janakalyan Samity (BJS) to purchase required ingredients for her puffed rice business. She hopes it will enable her to fulfill the demand of the local market, and she will earn more profit through this business to cope with the growing expenses of her family. She has an aspiration to enlarge her business in order to strengthen the family economy and have a secure future for her family.

Anna thanks BJS and Kiva for their support.

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