As a single mother of three school age boys Neetha works two jobs to provide for her family. During the day she works in a nearby coir mill, making products from coconut fibre.
During her evenings and weekends she makes pickles and snacks which she sells to local schools and shops. The Mia Fratino loan has helped her to buy food staples, basic appliances, plastic bags and a sealer to create the air tight packets.
This funding has allowed Neetha to get the momentum to grow her sideline business. In the past she did not have enough spare money to purchase enough raw ingredients to create a worthwhile income. Now she is able to process commercial quantities to sell at a profit. This profit then gives her the income to repurchase more ingredients to continue the cycle.
A leg injury now makes work in the mill very difficult for Neetha, so she hopes to expand her snack production so that she can stay home and work at her own pace. This would be a great outcome for Neetha, to have a sustainable income and spend more time with her children.
Examples of Neetha’s snacks produced in her kitchen.