Shabana Abid Khan is an ordinary woman living in Bhabra block of Alirajpur district. She has a total of 7 family members including her husband, in-laws, and four children.
Shabana’s husband was a driver in 2003 and was the only source of income at home. His income was not enough to make Sustain the family one meal a day and the children were not able to meet the study properly.
This led to daily conflicts among family members and she was not able to move out into the community due to embarrassment.
In the same year, Shabana came to know about Prayas microfinance. She thought of helping the family, and took a small loan of Rs. 7000 to open a shop of porcelain utensils.
Shabana’s family and society protested that women in our society do not set up shop in the market. But for Shabnam, need for children’s hunger and school was the most important.
Shabana confronted the rules of family and society and established her shop to earn between Rs. 2000-3000 / Month. She felt confident with regular income in addition to her husband’s income.
Today, in 2019, she took a loan of Rs 25,000 to expand her shop. She also goes to other places in the weekly market and earns around Rs 5000-6000 / month Shabana’s life has completely changed. With two-time bread, most needs five with dignity, are is fulfilled.
Out of four children, three go to school, one in private and 2 in govt. school. Eldest one completed his class 10th and trained in welding to work at welding shop.
Shabana is very happy today and feels enabled. She says, that taking a loan to start her own shop was the best decision.