A loan of $3,050 helped a member to buy soap, sweets, soft drinks, and hair oil for her small village store.


Sahei Group's story

Sahei Group, which means orchid flower in Thadou, has 16 members all from the Kuki tribe living in the village of Saikul in the Northeastern part of India. Pi Ngaineng (the woman with raised hand) is a mother to three children. She is a very hardworking woman and before joining the group and starting her own business, she had to take any job that came along, often times working as a daily wager (day laborer) to supplement her husband's income. In 2010 she joined the group to fulfill a dream of starting a small variety shop to service her villagers. With her friends’ and group members support she borrowed a loan of INR 5000 from WSDS and with the money she immediately opened a small variety stall in her house. She sells items like soap, sweets, soft drinks, hair oil, eatables, and many more. She opens her shop only in the morning and evening, as villagers work in the field during daytime. As with many of the group members, she has multiple ways of providing for her family. With the earnings from the variety store, she bought piglets and is raising them to be sold at the market soon. She also has a kitchen garden that provides enough vegetables to sell at the market, for the pigs to eat and for her family's food. She is motivated to serve her village's needs better and wants to expand her business to do that.

In this group: T.nenglam, Lamlhing, Lhingkhongah, Lamneng, Chinneingah, Hatkhochin, Lhaijalam, Lamneihoi, Lamneiching, Nenglhing, Nenem, Vahneilhing, Hatnem, Dimngai, Ngaineng, Lhingnem
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