Chinamati Behera is a 35-year-old widow living with her in-laws and a son in a small village called Jharabolaskumpa in Kandhamal district of Odisha. She is an active member of Sagarika Self Help Group in her village. Her husband passed away five years ago.
Chinamati is engaged in goat rearing business. She is the only earning person in her family. After the death of her husband her family faced severe financial problem. To deal with it, Chinamati engaged herself in goat rearing business, earning INR 1,500 to 2,000 per month which was still not enough for her family’s monthly expenditure. She got a loan of INR 10,000 from Annapurna’s Phulbani branch. She used this loan to purchase young goat and prepare shades for them. She actively spends time in taking care of these goats, and sells them to the local butcher in the prevailing market rate. The entire process of goat rearing takes about 8-9 months, to the point of selling them to the butcher. She takes all of her goats in the morning to the nearby fields and returns by noon. For keeping the goats healthy and fit, Chinamati cooks their food by herself and feed it to them. Her in-laws help her throughout this process as well.
Chinamati currently is very happy and says “This loan has changed my life, now I am able to make INR 4,000 to 5,000 per month and can afford to send my son to school”.