Kimneichong runs a tea shop-cum-variety shop in the village where she lives. Her shop is located near her house. She sells a few essential commodities including candles, kerosene, salt, sugar, cereals, matchsticks, cigarettes (exported and local), betel nuts, betel leaves, shampoo sachets, etc. Her tea shop is busy – especially in the mornings when village elders throng in for chit-chat and to enjoy tea. She also prepares toast and puri in the morning. She wanted to help her brother and sister-in-law with the farm but opted for opening a tea shop and running a variety shop instead because her mother is old now. She manages the household chores and also takes care of her aged mother, so she is better off running the shop because she can stay close to her mother. She gets supplies from the city and sells them in the village at a little higher rate to make a profit. She also supports the family in household financial maintenance.
Her inception in the group enabled her to join a local investment group where one deposits a monthly saving and the amount can be withdrawn after the completion of a year. Her savings so far are small and she hopes to make larger savings once she can expand her shop by refilling with more stock. With this Kiva loan, she will purchase detergent soaps, detergent powder, rice and edible oils. Her future plan is to be able to run the shop without needing a loan, and she says she will work hard to achieve her plan. She thanks Kiva and WSDS for the support and enabling her to look forward to her plans. She says, "Thank you, Kiva."
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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.
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