A loan of $2,475 helped a member to expand her garment stall by adding more clothes in view of the coming festivals like Diwali, Durga Puja and Christmas.


Janlai Lengnu Group's story

Pi.Neilam, raising her hand in the group photo, is 40 years of age. She has one son and one daughter. She is a member of a group called Janlai Lengnu; its literal meaning is 'queen of the night'. Most of its members reside in and around Saikul and are doing small business at the Saikul bazaar. Saikul is a small town in Manipur, one of the seven sister states in the northeastern part of India. Previously Pi.Neilam ran a small tea stall at Saikul bazaar all by herself but found it not so profitable, as there are a good number of tea stalls in the area. She wanted to venture into the garment business as there is scope to make good business but she didn’t have enough money to start with. She, along with other members of Janlai Lengnu group, approached the WSDS branch office at Saikul and sought a loan. After all the formalities, each member received a loan of INR 5000. With the loan amount plus some of her own money, Pi.Neilam went to Moreh, a small town near the Myanmar border well known for its foreign goods, and purchased garments wholesale to be resold at Saikul bazaar. Clothes seen hanging behind the group picture is the one showcase for selling by Pi.Neilam. She sells ladies' clothes, men’s wear like T-shirts, jean pants and clothing for children. With the approach of festivals like Diwali, Durga Puja and Christmas she is desperately in need of money to add garments in her stall. She is asking for loan of INR 10,000 for her business. With the profits earned she plans to enroll her children in a better school.

In this group: Neinu, Hethem, Hoinu, Neilam, Hechin, Nengjanei, Nenglam, Mercy, Hoitinnei, Kimnu, Moikim, Lamnei, Hoipi
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