A loan of $1,850 helped a member to expand her existing village grocery store with utensils and cosmetics items.


Thoidam Group's story

This is Thoidam Group. In 2009, these tribal women living in Manipur, in the northeastern part of India, came together to collectively help and support each other getting loans and venturing into the business sector – a field in which they had little knowledge.

Agamla, with the raised hand, is 49 years old and is the mother of four sons and a daughter. She is now living with her youngest son, 20 years old; her daughter, 14 years old; and her husband, who is a cultivator by profession.

With Agamla's first loan of 5,000 Indian rupees (INR), she cultivated ginger along with her husband. With her second loan of 10,000 INR she was able to open a small grocery shop in her village where she sells dal, soap, sugar, spices, flour, oil (for cooking), candles and cell batteries, to name some items. She also sells vegetables from her homestead garden such as cabbage, chilly, lady's fingers [okra] and pumpkin.

Her business has helped her meet the needs of her son and daughter for their schooling. She says, “I am thankful that today your contribution has made me a better mother, and I am so happy that my son has completed his matriculation and my daughter will appear for her matric exam in 2013, which I was unable to provide for my older three sons who are married now.”

Agamla needs another loan of 10,000 INR in order to expand her grocery shop into a departmental store and continue to serve her family and her community by bringing in goods closer to the people through her store. She plans to add utensils and cosmetics to the grocery products she has been selling. She will carry pots for cooking and storing water, spoons, tea funnels, tongs, kettles, bowls, soap cases and the like. Simple cosmetics products such as lipstick, nail polish, eye liner, deodorant and nail files are a few items to name.

Likewise, the rest of the group members are very hardworking and want another loan to do better in their businesses of weaving, meat selling, ginger farming and charcoal selling.

In this group: Akin, Kadingkungiu, Senthui, Namsanwiliu*, Podiwiliu, Pousidiniu, Sempoi, Agamla, Masanlungiu, Ngamkuilakiu
*not pictured



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