Building Small Businesses in India

Saranya, aged 28, is part of our self-help group (SHG) in India. She is a mum of two children and has gone miles to lift her family from poverty. We are happy that we could play a small role in helping her achieve that.

Saranya completed her beautician course five years ago and was working part-time in a salon. It was difficult to keep the family running with the income she and her husband were receiving.


In 2019, Saranya joined our SHG for women. SHGs help members of the community practice saving money and allows taking of loans for their small business ventures. Through this scheme in the SHG, Saranya started a stationary shop in the community with which she earns about Rs.1000 every day which goes into developing her shop and spending for the family.

Saranya always takes up any opportunity that can help her move forward in life. When our baking course was introduced she willingly joined in! Saranya practiced consistently to perfect her skills. She, along with the other trainees, taught over 150 women from other communities. She is passionate about developing her three small business ventures which are now very sustainable, small streams of income for her family.

Our vision is to build thriving individuals and we are glad that Saranya is one of them!

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Author: Pudens Isabel

One part writer, one part photographer & two parts traveller… Three years ago I decided something needed to change, so I quit my corporate job and started working for Asian Aid from my home in India. I travel to projects and schools we support in India and Nepal, bringing you their stories through words, photos and video. Since then I have been visiting Asian Aid projects with my camera and notebook in tow, to bring pictures and stories from the field to you.