Priya dreams of higher education. It’s good her mother has joined our Self-Help- Group!

Priya’s father passed away when she was small, leaving her and her mother Sudha, 44, alone. Four and a half years ago, Sudha became the member of a micro-finance group promoted by Sama Foundation in a semi-urban Bangalore slum. Every month, she along with 14 other women including 5 blind women save 300 rupees each and lend each other loans when in need. Sudha works in a garment industry nearby and worries about her daughter, whom she wants to study and become independent. Her worries surmount as women in the community get married at young ages. There are women in the group who got married before they reach the legal age of 18 years. Priya dreams of a better future for herself and wants to support her mother. Becoming a member of the self-help-group has helped Jayalakshmi who has used the loan money to meet Jyothi’s educational needs. “With the loan money, my mother had got me a buspass to go to college, books and has paid my college fees,” said Jyothi who studies in a city college. 14 members of Adishakti Mahila Group have each a saving of Rs 12,200 and have used loans to take homes on lease, pay hospital bills and meet children’s educational needs.

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