A loan of $2,675 helped a member to buy more piglets for her piggery and thread for traditional tribal weaving.


Leihao Group's story

Leihao Lom is a 14-member group which was formed by community mothers who wanted to ensure more opportunity for their families. Many of the members have multiple ways of earning (such raising pigs and other livestock, traditional weaving for tribal ceremonies and to sell at the market, agriculture for sale and to provide for their families). They will all be using their loans in similar ways.

Pi Nengneihoi, the one with her hand raised, is 31 years old and is a happy mother to her baby daughter. Her daily life is busy with a baby, rearing 3 piglets, household duties which include growing vegetables, but she finds time to weave early in the morning for about 2 hours and late at night about 2 hours. It is the village tribal tradition that women weave intricate and time-consuming garments for tribal ceremonies and if they wish, for selling at the market. She provides earnings for her family by weaving every day and bringing her weavings to the market.

She dreams of expanding her piglet farm to add four more to the three she already has. She enjoys raising piglets until they are full grown where she sells them at the market.

Pi Nengneihoi, with the KIVA loan of Rs. 10,000/- (INR) wanted to buy four more piglets @ Rs. 2000/- per piglet, and the remaining Rs.2000/- will be spent on buying thread for weaving traditional shawls.

She will repay the loan by selling the traditional shawls that she weaves and her husband will help her in rearing the piglets.

In this group: Sonia, Lamboichong, Veijenti, Dimkhohoi, Leah, Neiboi, Lellhing, Joycy, Kimnunhoi, Julie, Nengneihoi, Phalhing, K.kimneineng, Hathoithem



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