Business: provisions and stationery Poornakala, W/O Muthukrishnan from Omanalur village in Tirunelveli has shared her experience with us after getting her second micro credit assistance. Today I am an entrepreneur in my village running a shop for the sale of provisions and stationery. For the last three years and due to my marriage, the only opportunity to work was as a collie and to roll cigarettes. Before joining Mahasemam, I could see many women engaged in various enterprises as a basis to earn their livelihood. I have gained a sense of motivation and confidence to start my venture and leave my unhygienic employment behind. Soon after I made the decision, I opened a shop where I am selling day-to-day needs which are not accessible in short distance around the village. A part of the first loan was invested to construct a small tin shed reserving the remaining money as work capital. The second loan was exclusively for provisions and stationery. The sales grew up to an average of Rs. 1500 to Rs. 2000, yielding a profit of Rs. 300 to 400 per day. While I was a coolie, there had been no steady income. Besides, my husband had been unemployed for most of the year and it was very difficult to afford education for our children. "With the financial assistance provided by Mahasemam, I am now able to sustain my livelihood. My future plan is to increase the volume of my sales by adding new items to the shop. With the spare income, we decided to renovate our house and sanitation. Without Mahasemam this would not have been possible"