India is still home to several tribal people who are not introduced to the lifestyle of the modern world. Such a population lies in the Burdwan region of North Bengal. They are known as the ‘Adivasi’ community and belong to the section of the poorest in the country. The economy is predominantly rural, with the members still dependent on nature to a great extent through agriculture, hunting, fishing etc.
The households within these tribes consist of five members on an average. The women are typically engaged in the small businesses their husbands run which include small tea shops, grocery stores, bidi making enterprises etc. The average household sees earnings not more than $88-$94 every month. Children go to school in nearby government schools for which they travel long distances. Due to financial constraints or the pressure of domestic chores, a lot of these students drop out. Regardless of all their problems, the community remains vibrant and has a strong sense of brotherhood.
With this loan around 100 women are able to achieve an improved position in the economy, by expanding their businesses.
Local partner Milaap will provide the loan, which has to be repaid in 24 months.