Subala Roy

VFS Borrower Sukla Das
Subala Roy

Subala Roy

Subala Roy’s husband was a worker in the silk-yarn business who took some training in weaving. When she decided to start a business to help her family, her husband suggestedher to startcottage industry where they would weave traditional Assamese wear such as mekhela chador, and gamchas.

She took her first loan of Rs 30,000, seven years ago from the Pathsala branch of Village Financial Services in Assam, Bajali district. The loan together with some family savings, helped her buy a handloom and some silk yarn.

Now she has two handlooms and stays in Niz-Saldah village in Bajali district with her husband and son, sells her products in the Pathsala market where she earns Rs 10,000(approx) for a mekhela chador set, and up to Rs 500 for a gamcha or woven towel. Her husband is now her full-time partner in the business. They don’t employ any workers.

She takes orders from big stores in Nalbari. Her business peaksbetween October–February every year.

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