Malati Maity is a resident of Alankarpur village, Ramnagar Block, East Midnapur, with her husband and 2 children. She used to work for someone else, preparing handicrafts with shell.

She decided to quit the job to become self-employed, and met a representative of VFS, the best decision she has ever made. With the promise of all kind of support from VFS, she was convinced that she could build a business on her own, and offer a good life to her children.

Inspired from VFS representative, she joined a Self Help Group and took a loan of Rs. 10000/- from Ramnagar branch of VFS and started making handicrafts from shell on her own.

After the repayment of the said loan, she has taken multiple loans of Rs. 12000/- , Rs. 15000/-, Rs. 24000/- and Rs. 30000/- respectively to extend her business.

She is making different kinds of handicrafts items like idol of different Gods and Goddesses and various types of decorative items with shell. She also prepares customized items according to the order.

Her average monthly income has risen to around Rs 20000/-, helping replace her kaccha bari with a pakka bari, open a savings bank A/c. Her son is going to a renowned school with her daughter married in a good family.

In the words of Malati, “Now I have become self sufficient which would have not been possible without the support from VFS”