A loan of $950 helped a member to purchase meat from the butcher to smoke and resell.


Ruth Group's story

Domnem, the woman raising her hand in the picture, is 48 years old and belongs to a Kuki tribe of Manipur. Her husband died 10 years ago, leaving in her care two sons and a daughter.

All these years she has been working very hard. She had to take any job that came along, many a time working as a daily wager (day laborer) to support her family. After the death of her husband, it was difficult for her alone to support her family and the children’s education. Her two elder sons had to drop out from school and the eldest son did carpentry work to earn some money for the family. But Domnem, despite all the difficulties, insists on supporting her youngest, a daughter, to continue her studies, and today her daughter is reading in class nine.

In 2009, one of Domnem's friends informed her that they were forming a group to access a loan from WSDS and she asked Domnem if she would like to join the group. She grasped the opportunity and became a member of Ruth Group. The same year, she received her first loan from WSDS of INR 5,000 and started selling meat at the local market.

Early morning she would travel to Sekmai, which is about 15 kms, boarding the local bus, and purchase meat from the butchers. On return, she would smoke part of the meat over a fire and sell it in the local market. Dry meat (smoked meat) is a popular delicacy in the locality.

Selling meat, she says, is very profitable and she wishes to carry on her business but in larger quantity. She now asks for another loan of INR 10,000 to increase her sales. With the profit she plans to repair her house.

In this group: Veinem, Domnem, Boilhing, Nemneineng, Seilhing
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