A loan of $2,250 helped a member to buy two piglets for breeding, thread for weaving and to repair her pigsty.


Emmanuel Group's story

Pi Nemneichong, with her hand raised, is a mother of two daughters and two sons. She is 36 years of age and a member of Emmanuel group, consisting of 12 members. Her daily activities revolve around preparing food for the family, feeding her piglets and weaving traditional shawls, her main source of income, during the day and at night when all the children are asleep. She devotes her time carefully and works hard, as she tries to earn as much as she can since two of her children are attending school and she needs to be able to pay for her husband’s medical expenses. Her husband who was a carpenter is now disabled (paralysis from hip down) and bedridden. Because of this unforeseen misfortune, she has been carrying the added responsibility both as a wife and the role of the father to meet the household requirements alone.

From the first loan of INR 5000 from WSDS, she bought two piglets for rearing and thread for weaving. She managed to repay her loan by selling the finished traditional shawls and wrap-around skirts that she wove. She was also able to clear all her other family expenses like her children's school fees, medical expenses, etc. by selling the full grown pigs at the end of the year.

Now, she is requesting a KIVA loan of INR 10,000 so that she can buy two more piglets @ INR 2500 per piglet for breeding purposes, repairing and extending her pigsty, and utilise INR 2000 for purchasing thread for weaving.

The other group members have similar activities like Pi Nemneichong and among them two members have grocery shops in the village. Most of them have a ginger cum vegetable farm in the upland 'jhum' fields. They grow vegetables both for household consumption as well as for selling in the market. However, the cultivation of ginger is mainly for selling; it is harvested once a year, depending on market demand.

In this group: Nemneichong, Lhailam, Ngahlam, Lamkim, Veijahoi, Lamneichong, Nengjaphal, Lhinglam, Neilhai, Kimbong, Chongjahat, Rohnem



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