Success Stories


Pratima Barman

is a borrower of Sarala. , she and her husband Pritu Barman live with their two children in a village called Pathan Para, in Cooch Behar District of West Bengal. A their occupation was a daily wage labourers.

“I am glad that, I came across Sarala, because now I have my own business, and my kids are getting a good education.”

“We were daily wage labourers. During the seasonal time of work, we could manage somehow our daily expenses; but during off season there was no work for us. It was very difficult for us to have a two meals-daily. We were unable to give good education to our children. My situation was getting worse. Those were the most poverty stricken days in our life; I was helpless and worried about my children’s education and upbringing. The times when we need help the most, are the times when you see the real pain of not having the help you need. During one such time, Sarala was providing support to my nearest village, and I heard about the support they were providing. I came to Sarala office, and spoke to the Branch Manager, about what I heard regarding Sarala and enquired on how it works. Then I applied for a loan of Rs.20000/- to open a grocery (Mudikhana) shop. My loan was approved from Salara Haldibari branch on 25/02/2015. By that loan, I started a Grocery shop, and now I am very stable. Now I don’t go for daily wage labour anymore. My elder daughter is studying in class six and my younger son is studying in class four. I want to take more loans to start a big shop and increase my business. It is because of Sarala today; I can feed my children and take better care of my family by trying to give them a better life.”


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