Along with the other SHG members of Nidagundi, Nillavva took a Milaap loan a few months back to expand her cattle rearing business. She was able to buy goats with the loan amount which helped her to have a little financial security.
I also got to meet with Nanda Kamble. She also took a loan to expand her cattle rearing business and she bought a buffalo with the loan amount. Selling buffalo’s milk provides her with additional monthly income and she is able to save a little as well. But money is not the only motivating factor for these women. Nanda felt proud and happy. Cattle rearing is not just a business for her, it keeps her busy and provides a sense of pride and security.
Both Nilavva and Nanda are former Devadasis. Today they work hard to retain their dignity and freedom and cattle rearing business has transformed their lives for the better. They both work in farms as well and have started repaying their loans.
Nilavva along with her goat