Two paddy harvests later, Samruddhi, a joint liability group (JLG) of Kudumbasree in Malayinkeezhu panchayat that has scripted a success story, has stretched its wings to set up an organic fertiliser and compost business.
Started by four women Sathi K., Anila Kumari, Manju Chandra, and Priya R. the JLG has been into paddy farming, and vegetable, plantain, and flower cultivation on nearly two acres of land. On the strength of their yields from the land, the four women joined hands with Aswathy, another Kudumbasree member, to set up a micro-enterprise that produces organic fertilizers, pesticides, and compost.
Despite initial hiccups, it has been good going for the JLG, so much so that they have returned an initial bank loan of ₹2 lakh, and been given a fresh loan for the same amount. We have had no losses, though all the cultivation is done organically, Ms. Sathi says.