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When Ooki Devi, 56, wanted to help her family of 6 by supplementing the family’s income, it was a resounding ‘NO’ from the family. It wasn’t smooth running with her husband and two sons having to support the family with their unstable daily wages. When Ooki joined Hand in Hand India’s SHG, it was an eye-opener to an entirely different world – where she could earn and save money for the family. With some diligent training and insights from the group, she decided to start a rope making enterprise. The raw material was waste cloth from nearby factories and a small loan from the SHG helped her kick start her business. Ooki’s enterprise soon became a family enterprise with her daughter-in-laws joining in too. She proudly shows us how her savings has helped her home get a makeover. Expansion is next on her agenda.


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