Meet Shakuntala

Meet Shakuntala

One year after the Rise Up Women project started in Rajasthan, India, several women had already started businesses. Shakuntala Devi, a 30-year-old mother of three, is one of them.

Shakuntala joined a Hand in Hand self-help group within the Rise up Women project and learned basic accounting skills and how to plan her income and expenditures. Through Hand in Hand, India, she accessed a small loan, enabling her to invest in a food cart and cooking equipment.

Her husband takes care of the children

Today, Shakuntala runs a small business. She sells tea and various traditional dishes from her mobile food cart. She has already begun to pay off the loan. Shakuntala’s husband helps both in purchasing the ingredients she uses to prepare food for sale and by taking care of the children while she works.

Shakuntala’s dream is to be able to open a shop as she believes this would produce a larger income than selling prepared meals. With every step she takes, Shakuntala is increasing her opportunities to create a better future for herself and her family.

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