A loan of $2,575 helped a member to buy a hand loom for her weaving business and employ two weavers to help.

Kiuliang Group's story

Initiated by Geeta, with raised hand, Kiuliang is a 12-member group. The group belongs to the Naga tribe residing in a hill station village, in the state of Manipur, which is in the northeastern part of India.

Geeta is a mother to a son and a daughter. She lives with her parent-in-law and her husband. Her husband, Mazatpou, 32 years old, is a cultivator by profession. Her 8-year-old son goes to school at the nearby village, which is about 3 km in distance. The family's main source of income is through her weaving of traditional shawls and wrap-around skirts for ladies.

Her husband’s banana farm could never be of much significance in terms of profit calculation. Geeta said, “I have never had the chance to complete my higher education because my parents were too poor. Thanks to my mother, who taught me how to weave, today I can at least provide food and clothing to my new family through weaving. Every day before I sleep, I pray for my mother’s blessing so that I may weave enough to support my children to complete their higher education.”

She has been weaving using the back strap, which in the long run causes back problems. With the loan of INR 10,000 and with some of her savings, she plans to purchase one hand loom (a simple machine to weave) and employ two more to assist her in order to meet the high demand for her products.

The rest of the group members are mostly on the wrong side of their 60’s but still working very hard in order to survive. Most of them are abandoned parents. The group's plan is that the older one will invest together on ginger plantation.

In this group: Mathawanggiu, Martha, Awina, Irish, Sanaliu, Ahem, Khanthonniu*, Withon, Wiriandimiu*, Abam, Khousaliu, Wiphuliu, Geeta, Wijiniu
*not pictured

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