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.”
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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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