Henei started her own business by selling cosmetic and grocery products. She used to get the stock from the nearby Army canteen and sold it with a profit in the village and nearby markets. Her supplies consist of talcum powders, hair oils, detergent soaps, tooth-paste, milk powder, detergent powder, etc. With the little profit she made, she also started selling used clothes in her village and neighbouring villages. She gets the used clothes from the main town, which is about 30 kms from the village where she resides.
With the extension of the loan from Kiva, Henei decided to get more used clothes from the main market consisting of T-shirts, Medi-Pants, summer pants, shorts, and cotton shirts as she feels that summer is approaching and selling these items will bring more money. She will sell used clothes as well as continue stocking army canteen supplies for the villagers and the nearby shops.
Henei's dream is to own a house of her own that she and her son can share without feeling any obligations towards anyone. Her community has shown her more support than she feels she and her son deserve. Thus, she is hopeful that with the loan, she will formulate a way to earn her monthly income and do some saving to let her dreams come true.
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This loan is part of WSDS's effort to reach some of the most underserved parts of India's troubled northeast region, where there is very poor penetration of both formal and informal financial services. By supporting this loan, you are enabling access to finance for women living in some of India's most remote areas.
Important note about this loanDue to Indian government regulations, if you fund this loan, you will not be repaid for at least 3 years. This borrower will likely repay your loan much sooner than that, in which case, the Field Partner may re-loan your funds to help other local borrowers. We want you to be aware of this minimum 3-year waiting period and the associated risks before making a loan to Indian borrowers on Kiva. Learn More >
WSDS-Initiate is an inclusive nonprofit that works with women across all tribes and minority communities in Manipur, located in the remote northeast region of India. Most organizations concentrate their work in the plains region of Manipur, but WSDS is among the very few organizations serving women in the isolated hills. Political unrest and frequent economic blockades in the area make it very difficult to provide services, resulting in Manipur having the lowest penetration of financial services in the country.
This is a Group Loan
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