A loan of $925 helped a member to expand her costume jewellery business.


Mercy Lom Group's story

Mercy Lom group was created two years ago by five enterprising women who share same values and social status in their community. Thienneingai ( the one on the right with her hand raised) is a member of Mercy Lom. She is a mother of 34 years old, having four school-going children. Thienneingai's husband, Mr. Paomang is a daily wage earner doing odd jobs whenever he can find jobs to do. Thienneingai started her business by selling charcoal from the loans given by WSDS way back in 2010. With the income and savings from the charcoal business, she gradually changed her business to buying and selling costume and decorative jewellery--rings, earrings, chains, bangles, etc. She sells them during the weekly market days and sometimes by visiting households. With the KIVA loan, she plans to leave her charcoal business and devote herself in the decorative jewellery business. This business, as Thienneingai explains, ‘is more stable and pays better income’ than the charcoal business. Now she is able to devote more time to her children’s education and her health too is much better than before.

In this group: Thienneigai, Kimthienneih, Thianneisiam, Chochong, Memcha
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