Success Stories

Our customers are the bedrock of our existence, our journey, our success. They are our true inspiration. Their indomitable spirit to survive and thrive in the most difficult of situations is what motivates us to get to work every single day and do our share of work to help them in their work, their family, their community and their life!

To each and every one of our customers - we salute you! You inspire us.

These are just some of the success stories of our customers....


Sanuma Ben

Clay Pottery

Sanuma Ben has been attached with our company since inception. She wanted to financially support her husband, a rickshaw driver, thus she started her clay pot making business with an initial investment of INR 30000 which was used to buy a clay ball making machine. These clay balls are made of uniform size and shape in order to make uniform sized ‘Tawa’. In her fifth year of business she is now able to earn approximately INR 1000 per day from this venture. She has also been able to provide employment to 3 more people of the same locality through this business.

Sumaiya Ben

Kite Making

Sumaiya Ben, a master kite maker is a new customer of Light Micro Finance. Untill few months back, she used to take contracts of kite making. Sporadic demand by the contractor led to underutilization of time as well as less income for Sumaiya Ben. She used to earn average income of INR 80/day. Now with the loan amount of INR 15000, she has started her own kite making business and is taking direct orders from whole sellers. As both, productivity and margins, have increased she is able to contribute much more significantly to her household.

Shehnaz Bano’s

Notebooks Manufacturing Unit

Shehnaz Bano’s family has a small business of notebook binding and making. The business required an investment of INR 30000 to purchase a machine to streamline the manufacturing process. With the help of our INR 15000 loan and support from friends, she bought the machine. Now the productivity has increased and with the additional orders execution she is able to earn INR 20000 monthly from this business.

Komal Panjwani

Beauty Parlour

Komal Ajit Bhai Panjwani started a beauty parlour business almost 7 years ago. But lack of funds made it challenging for her to operate it. She is one of our initial customers and enrolled with us 5 years back. With the periodic loans from LMPL she has expanded her parlour services and improved its ambience making it famous in Dholka town and attracted big pocket customers. This growing business helps her to match her husband’s monthly income from his general store. The additional income has helped her to send her daughter to a good English medium boarding school for quality education.

Syyed Kumarabibi

Broom Business

Syyed Kumarabibi has been running her broom making business for more than a decade. It’s a high asset turnover activity, where one needs a good lump sum to purchase the raw material initially. Our continuous loan support has helped Kumara Bibi to infuse money in the business at right time and multiply her turnover. Currently her four member family is part of this business and she is even able to employ eight of her distant relatives in the same business.

Nilofar Banu

Photo Copy Machine

Nilofar Banu Imran has given us reason for sense of great satisfaction. She has a very inspiring success story for us. Two years back she approached us for initial INR 15000 loan to start a small photocopy shop. With the purchase of an old machine for amount INR 22000, she started her shop and since then she has never looked back. With the help of other small periodic loans from us, she bought Lamination and Spiral Binding machines and then with the two-year loan of INR 30000, she bought one more photocopy machine enabling her husband to also start a photocopy shop with many additional services, such as binding and lamination. There was a proud winning smile on their faces while telling us about their recently bought piece of land to make their own house.

Jagruti Ben Patel

Bangles & Novelties shop

Almost four years back, Jagruti Ben Patel decided to do something to support her family whose main occupation is Agriculture. Her in-laws are capable to take care of agriculture related activities; hence Jagruti Ben had enough time to run a store during the day business hours. She started a novelty store with her savings and looking at the customer demand she immediately felt a need to bring many more items into her shop. She contacted Light Microfinance three years back for an initial loan of INR 10000. Since then she has taken five more loans from us, has bought a sewing machine and currently runs the most popular ladies novelties shop in the town

Chauhan Hansaben

Vegetable Farming

Hansaben has been a member of Light Microfinance for half a decade. As the primary wage earner of a six-member family, Hansaben was in dire need of income augmentation. Using the first of her loans from Light Microfinance, she started vegetable farming. Eventually, her excellent credit discipline and business acumen enabled her to obtain loans of the higher amount from Light. Now her monthly average income has increased to Rs. 10,000 and she plans to expand her business even further by employing two helpers.

Chauhan Manjulaben

Cattle Rearing

Chauhan Manjulaben has been a member of Light Microfinance for half a decade. As the primary wage earner of a six-member family, Chauhan Manjulaben was in dire need of income augmentation. Using the first of her loans from Light Microfinance, she started vegetable farming. Eventually, her excellent credit discipline and business acumen enabled her to obtain loans of the higher amount from Light. Now her monthly average income has increased to Rs. 10,000 and she plans to expand her business even further by employing two helpers.

Reshma Malek

Sewing and Stonework

Before becoming a member of Light Microfinance, Reshmaben was not involved in making any contribution to her household income. Subsequently, she used the loan amount to start a small sewing business; she specializes in sequin and stonework. Her skill and the initial capital provided by Light Microfinance have helped her become not only financially independent and capable of contributing to the household income but have also significantly increased her self-esteem.

Prajapati Amitaben

Pottery

Before becoming a member of Light Microfinance, Prajapati Amitaben was not involved in making any contribution to her household income. Subsequently, she used the loan amount to start a small sewing business; she specializes in sequin and stonework. Her skill and the initial capital provided by Light Microfinance have helped her become not only financially independent and capable of contributing to the household income but have also significantly increased her self-esteem.

Soni Nafishabano

Kite Making

Kite making sees seasonal demand, and with the help of loans from Light, Microfinance Nafishabano is able to work on a continuous basis. Her kites see huge sales during festival season and her income peaks during this time. She is also able to use her loan amount to set up stalls at various places to capitalize on the high demand during the festival season.

Vohra Saberaben

General Store

Saberaben obtained her first loan from Light Microfinance two years ago. The loan size helped her buy stock for her General Store in advance and at a discounted price. This enabled her to benefit regarding accruing more profit. She was able to reinvest a significant amount of the gain in her business along with improving the standard of living of her family.

Jetaliben Thakkar

Clothes on Rent

Jetaliben has been a client for the past decade. She has invested her loan amount in stocking all kinds of clothes. During the festival season, she supplies her clothes on rent. With her first earnings, she was able to print and distribute pamphlets advertising her services. This, in turn, led to more footfall and a larger client base. She now operates out of a rented shop in the local market and plans to also lease the shop adjacent to it. There has been a marked improvement in the standard of living of the family with the enhanced income.

Sadhnaben

Chapati Making

Sadhnaben has a thriving business making chapatis that she supplies to small food stalls. She makes an average of 1000 chapatis a day which requires 10 kgs of flour. The loan from Light Microfinance has helped with enhanced income and enabled her to pay for the higher education of the children; her son is aspiring to become a Chartered Accountant, and her daughter attends nursing school.

Ambaben

Cattle Rearing

Ambaben is one of the earliest members of Light. She joined the program with lot of hesitation since she had little knowledge about microfinance. Initially she started with loan of Rs.5000 and bought a buffalo with the addition of some of her savings. Every consecutive year she bought a buffalo using loans availed and today she has 5 buffalos which has significantly contributed to her household income of Rs. 6,000-8,000.

Dakshaben Chauhan

Cosmetics and other Accessories

Dakshaben is an enterprising woman and an example of women empowerment. She always wanted to support her family financially but didn’t have the means to do so. She came to know about Light through other villagers and joined Light. she availed its loans using which she set up a bangle store in her village which now contributes handsomely to her monthly income and also gives her a say in family decision making.

Muniben

Sells Vegetables

Muniben’s story represents the addition of value to a business. Her mother in law runs a small vegetable stall in their village and Muniben used Light’s help to start a larger version of the same. She now sells vegetables outside her village on the highway on a much larger scale. She used a Rs. 50,000 loan to buy a four wheeler that enables her husband to procure a larger stock from nearby mandi directly thus reducing the cost while selling more and earning more.

Pathan Saberabanu

Tailor Work

Pathan Saberabanu is an inspiring lady and has been associated with Light for more than 5 years. She is into cloth & sewing work, and availed a loan to buy a motorized sewing machine in order to increase her productivity. She is now planning to avail higher ticket loan and set up sewing classes in her village to not train and enable more women in her society allowing even her to further scale up her business and provide employment to needy.

Lakhuben

Floriculture Business

Lakhuben is a shining example of the benefits that accrue to a member and her family by virtue of her association with Light. She used the loans to set up a floriculture business that runs all year round and has been a boon to her family by way of bettering their financial status. Fully aware of the advantages that Light has given her, she also advised her son to join us which he did successfully and is now a trained member of our field staff.

Pramilaben

Charpoys out of pipes

Pramilaben has the distinction of being one of the oldest members of Light. She joined Light in its initial days and used their loans to start a business making charpoys out of pipes. However, post her husband’s untimely demise she withdrew her membership from the group. The need for a steady source of income and Light’s unwavering commitment to timely delivery of service encouraged her rejoining our program. Her business now helps her save around Rs. 3000 – Rs. 4000 per month and she has also started supplying to local dealers

Sonalben

Vegetable Vending and Obtained

Sonalben's husband is a factory worker and his income was not enough to run the household. So she decided to start her own business of vegetable vending and obtained a loan from Light Microfinance. She now sells vegetables and now contribute to the family income and helps provide a better life for her children.

Nazmabano

Embroidery

Nazmabano is one of the earliest members of Light Microfinance. She initially started an embroidery business from home. Over the last few years, with loans from Light, she now owns a shop and has employed other five women. Her business is doing so well that her husband has also joined her in managing and expanding the business.

Parvatiben

Flourishing Floriculture

Parvatiben is a shining example of the benefits that accrue to a member and her family by the virtue of her association with Light Microfinance. The loans from Light have helped her set up a flourishing floriculture business. The business runs all year round and has been a big boon to her family by way of improving their financial as well as social status.

Neeruben

Cattle Rearing

Neeruben takes pride in being a working woman in her community. With the help of a loan from Light Microfinance, she started a cattle rearing business. The daily income has increased significantly and there has been a marked improvement in the standard of living of her family. She motivates other women in her village to start their own businesses with loans from Light Microfinance.

Sitaben

Cosmetics and other Accessories

Sitaben has been a member of Light Microfinance for over five years. She is the primary earner of a five-member family and was in dire need of income augmentation. With a Light Microfinance loan, she started selling women’s accessories. Eventually, her excellent credit discipline and business acumen enabled her to obtain larger loans to expand her products to include cosmetics and other accessories. She credits Light Microfinance in enabling her financial independence and contribute to the household income which has increased her status in her community.

Nasreenbano

Power Loom

Nasreenbano is an enterprising woman and an example of woman empowerment. She always wanted to support her family financially but didn't have the means to do so. She came to know about Light Microfinance through other women in the village and joined Light. She availed the loan to set up power loom business which now contributes handsomely to her monthly income and gives her a say in family decision making.