Empowered By SHG, Sundergarh's Tribal Woman Entrepreneur Shares Her Inspiring Story At Make In Odisha Conclave

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14 November 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: Life was never an easy path to tread for 35 year old Jayanti Ekka, who struggled through the thick and thin to reach the pinnacle of success, where she is today.

Born to a family of peasants with a minor deformity in her lower limbs, Jayanti was not good at academics. But her asset was an entrepreneurial mindset and urges to deliver back to the society, especially young women and housewives of her village Balisankara in Sundergarh district.

Backed by her grit and focus Jayanti started a small Self Help Group (SHG), named 'Kalyani' with a nominal loan of Rs 15,000 in 2003.

With the ability to perform under pressure and a gifted enterprising talent, Jayanti placed her SHG in the driver’s seat and within a short span she bagged contracts for serving midday meals (MDM) at a local school.

The district administration was extremely pleased with the performance and quality delivered by Jayanti following which she was awarded the contract to supply MDM to a couple of more schools of the district.

Hard work and dedication paid off. It was all going in the right direction as Jayanti had planned. Withing 5 years of incorporation of Kalyani, she employed two dozen women in her SHG.

At a later stage, Jayanti was made the president of the SHG federation of Sundergarh district which runs 15,000 SHGs.

‘Kalyani’ today is a self-governed enterprise which has taken up a slew of local projects and supports around 50 families in the district.

Recently, Jayanti took a loan of Rs 80 lakh for starting a fly-ash brick project by souring raw material from a nearby ash pond. The manner in which Jayanti's SHG has fared over time, it is not a wonder that her organisation rakes a business of Rs 17 lakh per month today.

Jayanti narrated the story of her success today at the Make in Odisha Conclave 2018 in Bhubaneswar and was personally congratulated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Other dignitaries present on the Dias hailed Jayanti for her achievements and urged SHGs in Odisha to draw inspiration from her.

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Jayanti Ekka, President, Mission Shakti Federation, Sundergarh