" There is no exercise better for the heart, than reaching down and lifting people up. Celebrate you're big day for a big cause because Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness , it has no taste. "
SOME OF THE BORROWERS WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM YOUR CONTRIBUTION:
1. SHANTHI AND GROUP
Five budding rural entrepreneurs led by Shanthi (pictured second on the left) have joined hands to request financing for their new masala making ventures. These women are in their 30s and 40s and hail from Uppiliyapuram, Tamil Nadu. Milaap works with field partner GMF in this area to upskill and assist potential entrepreneurs and small businesses. After years of labouring work these ladies have now been trained in Masala powder making and plan to create their own small enterprise to supply demand in the local market. Rs.10,000 per person (Rs. 50,000 total) will afford them the tools and raw product needed to commence production. This loan will help these women provide for themselves and their families and gain a reliable source of income.
2. LACHHA PULAKA AND GROUP
Maa Kalijal Mul is a group of six married women in the age range of 22-39. These young women work in various businesses like Kirana Shop, Pan Shop and even as laborers. Lachha, Tikina, Basanti, Gouri, Mami and Nirmala are seeking a loan of Rs 13,220 to buy solar lanterns which is a reliable and clean source of light compared to the kerosene lanterns they use. The village faces frequent powercuts, and the women are forced to spent an exhorbitant amount on kerosene in the black market, since the government supplied ration is never sufficient. The lanterns which are a one-time investment will save them a lot of money in the long run. They will repay the loan over a 9-month period.
3. KAVITHA AND GROUP
Probably the most important things a mother can do for her children is to provide clean drinking water and safe sanitation so that their water does not become contaminated, which could lead to illness. That's exactly what Kavitha, in the middle of the photo, Revathi, Jeyalakshmi, Ammasi, and Jeyalakshmi, women from Tamil Nadu want to do. Together they want to borrow Rs. 45,000 to build four toilets and provide a clean water connection for drinking and bathing. Jeyalakshmi would like to get a piped water connection at home, while the rest of them wish to build toilets. This will substantially improve the overall health and quality of life for these five families from Musiri in Tamil Nadu.