A loan of $1,850 helped a member to buy supplies for her tea stall, such as milk powder, sugar, tea leaves, charcoal and firewood for cooking purposes.


Saron Group's story

Khuolneichawi, with her hand raised, is a member of the Saron Group. She is 46 years old and lives with her husband and five children (three daughters and two sons) in a rented house. Her husband is engaged in a timber business in small holdings. In order to supplement the family income and before the group came into existence, she did weaving and sold vegetables. Having to take care of the children in addition to the household chores, she found it difficult to continue her weaving and selling vegetables activities.

With her first loan and support from her family members, she partitioned and extended their sitting room into a tea hotel. With good faith, she asked her landlord to allow her to construct a fireplace, which is required for a tea stall. Improving steadily in due course, her tea stall has become a common place to entertain for the young and old. She serves tea, puri and a variety of traditional items with many delicacies made from rice grain.

She wants a nursing career for her daughters and she wants the boys to choose the military as their career. She plans to enroll her eldest daughter who is now 20 years old, in a reputable nursing school. She also longs to have a home of her own and she, along with her husband, needs to save for a couple of years more to buy a housing plot and build a house.

She is requesting another loan to renovate her tea stall. She plans to use the loan to stock milk powder, sugar and tea leaves and spend the remainder to increase her stock of charcoal and firewood, both used for cooking purposes.

In 2010, she joined the group of five like- minded tribal women from Churachanpur, in the state of Manipur, which is in the northeastern part of India and called the group SARON. They guide and help one another to empower themselves undertaking different means of generating incomes.
Likewise, the rest of the group members are making steady improvement. They need another loan to increase their inventory as the festival season is approaching. The group members' activities include trading livestock to the butcher, selling beetle nut leaves and selling garments to wear.

In this group: Khuolneichawi, Tingtinkim, Thuomi, Kimlalmuan, Vungpi



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