Sushil Kanwar works in the stitch-garment industry.
Following the example of a colony nearby named Sita, Sushil decided to
start her own group four years ago with nine other women. Today, Sushil
runs a growing business composed of seven groups of ten women.
According to Sushil, none of this would have been possible without
the loan from Aastha.
Sushil was not working before she decided to take a loan. With the
money acquired, Sushil and her group were able to get the resources
necessary to establish their business. Sushil used the loan from Aastha
to first buy a sewing machine. Instead of buying the materials on
credit, the loan also gave Sushil the opportunity to buy the
stitching, the thread, the needles
and other necessary supplies directly from the market and at a lower
With a production cost of 5 rupees and a retail price of 20 rupees,
Sushil quickly managed to achieve a comfortable margin. Sushil was then
able to establish a partnership with a shopkeeper in Jodhpur who is now
willing to pay up to 150 rupees for the more elaborate products.
Today, Sushil earns between 2,000 and 3,000 rupees per month. Thanks
to Aastha, Sushil’s family has considerably improved living standards
and Sushil’s daughter can now attend a good school. Overall, Sushil
is very grateful for the opportunity that Aastha has given to her.
With Aastha’s help, Sushil now looks forward to expanding her
business and diversifying her products