I was fortunate enough to talk with one of the original members of the group "Tishta" Ms. Sabina Mandal, who herself runs a jute rope business. She has two younger sons who both go to school, but also help her mother with the rope making process. She told me that initially the main reason she had opted to receive a solar lantern loan was so that her two children would be able study at night without the frequent power-cuts hindering them.
Soon, she realized that the lantern could be utilized for various other purposes, and she decided to get two more lights. Currently, she is using the two new lights to be able to work late in the night when she has more time for herself and her work. "During the day, there is too much to do for me to be able to sit down with my work." She has been able to increase her production, and now is able to earn about Rs. 200 per day, which goes a long way for her to be able to cover her family's expenses. She and the rest of the women in the group "Tishta" wanted to thank Milaap and DCBS for supporting their endeavors.
Some of the ladies the group "Tishta"