Dayabanti Saream is from a district of Nagpur city in India. She was struggling to provide the basic needs of her family and had no place to go until she heard about Empowered Poor’s micro-lending program for the poor. She applied for a loan to start a small vegetable business. After reviewing her desperate situation she was granted a loan. She used her loan to purchase a used pull cart to sell vegetables in her neighborhood and nearby villages.
My name is Emmanuel Nag. Until I met people from Empowered Poor I was discouraged with life. I had no income and was unable to support my children. A friend of mine knew my hardship and told me about the micro business sponsored by Empowered Poor. This gave me hope that I could begin to take care of my family and assist my neighbors. With the loan I received I had enough money to purchase 5 goats and began taking care of them.
My name is Anand Masih. My family and I are working in my village as pastors; however I was not receiving support for our work. I was worried about how to support my family and had no solutions to alleviate my financial problems. A friend told me about Empowered Poor which helps people start businesses through micro loans. I have the skill for tailoring but no money to secure cloth and equipment.
Babychan is originally from the state of Kerala, India. Thirty years ago he left Kerala and moved to a village call Kuhi in search of a better life. There he married and had two children. Even though Babychan was an Auto Mechanic by trade, he was unable to secure a permanent job and life was a daily struggle to provide food and shelter for his family.
Pramila Masih lives in the city of Haldwani in northeast India. She is the mother of three, one of which was born physically disabled and requires expensive medical care and daily treatment. Her life drastically changed after her husband was diagnosed with a terminal disease and died leaving Pramila and her young children alone with no means of support.
Lingamma has three children and lives in a village in Rangapur, Warangal. She and her husband owned a small piece of land, but due to water scarcity was unable to turn it into an income producing property. Her husband was working as a day laborer but family needs forced him to begin borrowing money from loan sharks. He was unable to repay the debt and committed suicide leaving his wife and children in dire need.
Hoisin Leivon and her husband Sanboi live in Arunachal Pradesh, north-east province of India along with their seven year old daughter. Since moving from the state of Manipur they have been struggling financially. Hoisin had previous experience working on piggery farms and had a desire to start a small piggery business to help their struggling family.
Roma and her family lives in Odisha State of India. Her youngest boy is mentally challenged and her husband is a daily wage laborer. Roma, though uneducated, is willing to do almost any work. She finished a course in tailoring and wanted to start a small tailoring business in order to earn some money to pay for her son’s treatment and supplement their family’s meager income.
Kumari and her family live in a village in Orissa, India. She has two grown children who are pursuing an education. Her husband, who worked a daily wage laborer, died of kidney failure few years ago. She was struggling to survive when she heard of Empowered Poor micro-lending project. She applied and was granted a loan to start a grocery business.
Anar is a mother if six children who attend different schools. Her husband does not make enough money to survive and meet basic needs of the family. While they were praying for additional work to increase their income, they heard about a seminar conducted by an Empowered Poor staff member about micro-financing to start small income generating businesses.
Sapna Nag is from the village of Tundla in Odisha, India. She and her husband live in a small hut with seven children. Her husband does carpentry work however his limited earnings are not enough to provide for her family needs. Sapna heard about Empowered Poor’s micro-lending program in India and applied for a loan. She was able to purchase a milk producing cow and sell the milk to those living in her community.