Total loan: $1,775

Thambou Group

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Churachandpur, MN, India / Food

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A loan helped To buy rice, firewood and yeast for brewing local wine.

Thambou Group's story

Thambou Group has five members belonging to the Non-Tribal community residing in a small village. The village is about 65 kilometres from Imphal, capital of Manipur, which is one of the seven states in the northeastern part of India. These women members are hard-working and tolerant. In the long run, since one alone cannot bring about sustainability, they have come together to find a way by helping one another. Bebem is the profiled member of the group, posing with her right hand raised in the picture. She is only 25 years old and she is still a bachelorette. Her father passed away in August, 2012. She is now living with her mother alone. Apart from being a hard-working woman, she is also gifted with the quality of leadership. Socially, she is involved as one of the leaders among the younger generation in her locality. By profession, she is a local wine brewer. This local wine is prepared from rice and locally made yeast. In a day, she is able to produce 30 to 40 litres of it. The quality of the wine depends much on the weather condition and seasons. When these factors are favourable, demand is higher and she can even produce more. There are about six to seven places where she supplies her product. She is assisted by her mother alone. Whatever profit that is made, is being used for the family. Now she feels that it is time that she got married. But due to the poor financial condition that she and her mother are in, she cannot take that step. So she plans to raise her earnings by increasing the quantity of her product and finding more places she can supply. Most of the members of the group brew wine while some are engaged in tailoring.