Toymaker, Namakkal District - Tamil Nadu

Ms Lakshmi, a 48-year-old woman from the Namakkal district, lives with her two children and has had to fend for herself since her husband passed away 15 years ago in an accident. She has been an active member of ‘Sadhuragriyan SHG’ for 10 years. Her journey begins with the opportunity she got to join the Toy Making training program through Hand in Hand India in 2010. Afterwards, she began making toys supported by her SHG members and selling them in the local shops. She earned Rs. 200 - 300/- a day this way, but the income was insufficient to sustain her family.

Seeing her endure various difficulties, the Credit Plus Team reached out to help her undertake advanced training in toy-making using government aid and relocate her business from Koneripatti village to Rasipuram town where there were greater opportunities. Moreover, with her sincere credit history, she obtained Rs. 75,000/- ME loan from BELSTAR with the team’s guidance to expand her business further. The support helped improve her earnings to Rs. 2,000 a day. The financial support enabled her daughter to complete her M.Phil degree and get married. Ms Lakshmi taught her son the trade and he learnt to manage the business. Currently, she gets her raw materials from Bangalore and has been constructing modern toys at a much larger scale. Ms Lakshmi says, “I lost my confidence because of my small earnings and I doubted if I will be able to improve my condition in life and see my children settle down. But the Credit Plus Team gave me hope and helped set up my business. Hope has made my life more meaningful. It is all thanks to BELSTAR.”

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