Stories of heroic struggle against odds, survival and eventual triumph have always inspired people, given them hope, courage to figh. Here, the Story of Manimal Manna, which we believe, would ignite our never-say-die spirit and inspire us to become all that we can be. Manimala Manna, of Garbalia, jagatballavpur, Howrah , is a remarkable story of empowerment through collective action.

Manimala, with a strong desire of building a bright future for herself, along with children and husband Ashta Manna, joined a Self help group in her village with the advice from a VFS representative. Now, She is running with a 6th cycle of loan of Rs. 30000/- from Bargachhia branch. She started with Rs. 5000/- and continued with Rs. 5000/- ,Rs. 7000/-, Rs.10000/-, Rs.14000/- , Rs. 20000 and Rs. 30000/-. Initially, she used to make wooden brush . Now she is doing a business of making machinery brush in which she engages few more women of her village in her business making them self sufficient. Her children are going to school now. Not only that, She has been able to build a pakka house for them. Manimala said,” I got every support from VFS to run my business, without their help I could have not reached here”.

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