A loan of $3,250 helped a member to buy fertilizer and farm inputs such as seeds and pesticides.


Maa Manikeswari Shg Group's story

Maa Manikeswari Self Help Group (SHG) was formed in January 2014 and consists of 13 rural poor women belonging to the below-poverty-line category. This group is located in a remote rural village in the Kalahandi district of Odisha, India. Vegetable cultivation and vending is the primary source of livelihood for most of the members of this group. Satyabhama is one of the members. The lady seated in the middle is Satyabhama. She is a very active lady, 41 years of age. She lives with her husband, one son and one daughter. Satyabhama has a vegetable cultivation farm on one hectare. She and her husband manage the farm. Her husband is an active and cheerful farmer. They produce vegetables like brinjal (eggplant), cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, chilies, cucumbers, papaya, lady’s finger (okra), onions, etc. on the farm. She sells her products to the traders from the nearest town who come to take vegetables from her farm. Satyabhama says that she earns a minimum of 5,000 INR per month from this business. This is insufficient to meet the day-to-day expenses of her family as well as the farm expenses. Satyabhama wants to expand her business by taking a loan from People's Forum. She will use the present loan to buy fertilizer and farm inputs such as seeds and pesticides for her farm. She expects a good return from her business by expanding her cultivation. Satyabhama dreams of constructing a house and purchasing a water pump for a better irrigation facility for her farm. She also hopes to give her whole family a bright future through her hard work. The other members of this group are also involved in businesses like vegetable cultivation, a general grocery shop, vegetable vending, and tailoring businesses.

In this group: Satyabhama, Dusila, Gomani, Sayabani, Puspa, Sangita, Ramani, Chandini, Rama, Sudaya, Nagabali, Mukta, Astami
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