A loan of $1,600 helped a member to restock her pharmacy with more drugs and first aid supplies.

Goldei Group's story

“ I had a challenging and difficult upbringing with my stepmother and stepbrother,” says Kimneichong, who is the featured borrower in the Goldei Group. She is pictured with her hand raised. The sudden demise of her father shocked her mother for a long time, which left her with no other option but to take care of her mother and brother. She had been running errands for a pharmacy shop in the town market since her childhood days, from where she learned how to maneuver a drug shop. The owner of the drug shop usually taught her and says “you can run one as well” and she was very confident about it. The owner of the drug shop operates with a license and her B.Pharm Degree. It has been more than a couple of years since she has been running a drug shop in the town market.

Kimneichong runs a drug shop at the center of the town market. The town is about 40 kms away from the capital town of Imphal. She runs the drug shop with the assistance of the doctors posted in the District Health Centre. The nurses in the town and the villages also suggest the drugs that are most often required. She initially started the business on her own but after her marriage, her husband has been giving a hand. She gets the drug supplies from the main town and sells them in the town market. Sometime her husband runs errands for Kimneichong. She profits a good amount from the drug shop because there are very few drug shops in the whole area. She wanted to run the drug shop with an abundant supply of drugs but usually ends up with a shortage of supplies. The insufficient capital is always the main reason for the shortage of stocks in the drug shop.

With the Kiva loan, Kimneichong will refill the drug store and will earn more money. In the future, she will employ a trained nurse to give first aid services to the town and the nearby villages. She wants to make her living by selling life-saving drugs and provide the town with first aid medical services. The government-run district hospitals are defunct t due to the absence of staff, which leaves the town with no other options but to go to the city. She also plans to purchase a used minivan in the future and use it for public transport between the town and the main city.

The rest of the group members are engaged in selling export garments from neighboring states, weaving, running a piggery and running a Paan shop. Kimneichong says her gratitude towards Kiva and WSDS is not justified by words. The contribution is appreciated by all the group members and they will always remain obliged. She says “Thank You Kiva.”

In this group: Kimneichong, Lamneihoi, Neilam, Lhaithem , Hatneiching, Lhingneichong, Hatneilhing, Boishi

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