Purpose : to purchase fertilizer, seeds, etc in order to expand business.
Amina is a 41- year- old married woman. She resides in the Dhamua, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal. She has a family of 5 members. She is a farmer and has a monthly family income roughly around INR 12,000. She has a formed and is leading a group of 75 members who, just like Amina, work hard to support their families and save for their secured futures. She realises that an increase in her and her friend’s monthly family incomes and their ability to save from it will ensure greater levels of economic independence. It will give them an... Read more
Purpose : to collect a variety of vegetables and sell them in the local market Story
An increase in the income levels and control over income will ensure greater levels of economic independence for the women in the villages. It will give an independent means of generating wealth and becoming self-reliant in a society. This will generate benefits not only for an individual woman but also her family and community as a whole through collective action for development. However, many women are unable to meet their desires such as expanding the vegetable sales business due to financial constraints. Rakhi is a 23-year-old ... Read more
Purpose : to expand their agri-businesses in order to manage their households in a better way
Pemmila is a 47-year-old married woman residing in the Ukhrul district of Manipur. She lives with her husband and three school-going children. She has taken up weaving to support her family with an alternate income. She is part of an 80-member Self Help Group who, just like Pemmila, strive to support their families and save diligently. She is aware of the fact that an increase in her and her friend's income levels will ensure greater levels of economic independence. It will give them an independent means of generating wealth and be... Read more
Purpose : to start their agriculture business by producing rice, sweet potato, etc.
Thingkhuila is a 49-year-old married woman from Ukhrul district of Manipur. She has a family size of 5, which consumes the household monthly income of INR 24,000. She is unable to run her household expenses along with her child’s education. Every second household in her village shares a similar dilemma of financial instability. Like herself, most of the women in her village are earning through their agriculture business. However, they are not able to bring any increment due to financial instability. Along with 79 other women, she h... Read more
Purpose : to purchase agriculture equipment in order to expand agriculture business.
Chonphila is a 39- year- old married woman. She resides in Ukhrul district of Manipur. She has a household of size 5 members. She manages to accumulate a monthly household income of INR 18,000. She has formed and is leading a group of 80 members who work hard to support their families and save diligently. She realized that an increase in her and her friend's income levels and control over income will ensure economic empowerment. It will give them an independent means of generating wealth and becoming self- reliant in a society. Thi... Read more
Purpose : to purchase school supplies and pay school fees
Rinita is a 44-year-old married woman from the Imphal West district of Manipur. She has a family of 4 members and an income of INR 25,000, which barely makes their ends meet. She is a part of a group of mothers of young students who have realized the importance of a good education. But their low family incomes cannot sustain their children's high educational aspirations in life. So she and her friends have formed a group of 10 members to take up an education loan of INR 6,00,000 from Chanura, one of Milaap's field partners. The child... Read more
Purpose : to be able to pay for their children's primary and secondary education costs for their better future
Pakpi is a 51-year-old married woman and a mother of two school-going children. She lives in a small village in Imphal-West district, Manipur. She is engaged in small business and her family monthly income is Rs. 25,000. The income is not enough for all the household expenses along with the education costs of both her children. She wishes to fulfill all the dreams of her children but is worried due to the lack of proper savings. She is a part of a 8 members group who have similar issues. Due to a lack of proper capital, they are not a... Read more
Purpose : to provide for their children's educational expenses such as school fees, transportation, etc.
Padma, is a 42-year-old married woman from the Imphal West district of Manipur. She has a family size of 4 members who sustain in a household monthly income of INR 21,000. Managing her household and also to provide for the educational expenditure has been creating a routine struggle. She is aware of the importance of education as she was denied the same due to the unavailability of financial support in her maiden family. She does not want her children to be denied their rights. She has been running around to form a group of women i... Read more
Purpose : to construct a toilet near their houses for a safer sanitary lifestyle for women
Hansagovind is a 25-year-old married woman and homemaker. She resides in Wadhwan, Surendranagar, Gujarat. She lives with her husband and three young children. She has a family income of Rs, 30,000 per month. She has a small toilet at home. That toilet has broken floors and dampened walls. The seasonal changes of hefty rain cause damage to the tin sheets and weak roofs. She also faces clogging and dripping issues creating an unhygienic environment. She has formed and is leading a group of 52 members who face the same problem. These ... Read more