Gikita was the owner of a very small general store, but without a loan, it could not grow. She received a loan from Shikhar which allowed her to expand her small business, and she now has hopes of expanding it into a wholesale business.

She is a mother of 4, and is proud to report that all of her children are studying. Her daughter recently passed her 12th is hoping to go to university to study polytechnic. Gitika reports that since the loans, she has been able to make a better living for her family, and they now enjoy better living conditions. When asked what the biggest change has been since receiving the loans, Gitika responded, “There’s no greater happiness than seeing your children happy. Now, they are studying and having a future.”