A loan of $2,675 helped a member to buy potatoes, sugar, rice, dhal (lentils), and more for her small grocery store servicing her village.

Sarah (B) Group's story

Pictured is a 14-member women's group called Sarah-B in the village of Makokching in the hills of Northeastern India (state of Manipur). The group members are quite jolly in supporting each other, as Christian neighbors and business owners.

Pi Nengneihoi (with her right hand raised) is 28 years old and owns a small hand-built grocery & variety shop in her village (the shop seen in the background of the picture).

She is a mother of one young daughter and is dedicated to making her shop a success so her daughter can get a good education.

She has gained confidence in herself and her business sense. She was able to open this shop due to the first loan she received from WSDS of Rs. 5,000 INR.

Pi Nengneihoi plans to expand her business and start saving for her daughter’s education. She is requesting a loan of Rs. 10000 INR to procure 1 bag of dal (Rs.3000), 1 bag of sugar (Rs. 2000), 1 bag of rice (Rs. 2300) and 3 bags of potatoes (Rs. 2400).

The other group members are using a portion of their loans for their weaving business that keeps the tribal customs alive through traditional garments; purchasing livestock such as pigs or poultry which is able to provide good earnings for their families and growing fruits and vegetables to sell at the markets.

In this group: Precilla, Hatrei, Nengbul, Kimboi, Margret, Themjahat, Hatneihoi, Anjily, Martina, Nengneihoi, Lamhoi, Chochong, Neiboikim, Momneichong

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