Shakila Bhanu from Kanakapura in Karanataka has no education but she is determined to make her three children study and lead a better life.
Shakila's tryst with Grameen Koota began five years ago when she had learnt about the microfinance institution from her neighbours who were attending the Kendra meetings and she joined to raise her awareness and help her husband who is into scrap metal business.
With her first loan of Rs.15,000, she was able to invest in her husband's business, which requires quick working capital to trade in scrap material. Her second loan was Rs.25,000 and soon she took Rs.10,000 education loan for her children's education fee, which she said was timely and encouraging.
"We're not educated anyway. At least our children should study. We want to see our children speak in English," said the proud mother showing her three children who sit together to study daily.
Her elder son is studying in 6th Standard, her daughter is in 5th Standard and her younger son is in 1st standard. Together their fee comes to about Rs.30,000 per annum, says Shakila, who is proud to speak about her kids' education. Her husband is planning to venture into electronics repair business soon to increase their household income and take care of their three children.