Total loan: $1,450

Zenhang A Group

Churachandpur, MN, India / Arts

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A loan helped To buy a 45-watt mini solar home lighting system to use for weaving after sunset.

Zenhang A Group's story

The featured member with her hand raised is Hatneitling and she belongs to Zenhang (A) group. All the group members live in the same vicinity. Hatneitling says she has always been interested in weaving since childhood. She used to weave before her marriage and continued this profession after marriage. She weaves traditional shawls and ladies' wrap-around skirts and sells them for 2,500 to 3,000 INR. She says that these items are in high demand at the market and have no risk of expiration. Demand for Hatneitling products is high during holidays and festive seasons, which in Manipur fall in the months of March, October, November and December. They are used as gifts on occasions like weddings, childbirths, send-off ceremonies, Ningol Chakkouba (married daughters’ home visit) and house-warmings. She cannot meet customer demand on time due to shortage of her products, so she wants to continue her weaving even after sunset to speed up her work and also to increase her inventory. The power supply in her area is a big hurdle to her income generating activity, however. The solar loan will help her to buy a 45-watt solar home lighting system, which will light up four light bulbs for 12 hours a day. Since it has a 90-meter-long wire, it can be installed in any room in the house for one’s convenience. She believes that this solar lighting will serve her purpose in meeting her customers' demands and can raise her income since she can work extra hours after sunset. Likewise, the rest of the group members need solar loans for their respective income-generating activities. The other member’s activities are weaving, grocery store, pan shop, etc.