A loan of $2,000 helped a member to repair her weaving loom and buy a new one.


Agape Group's story

This is Agape group consisting of 12 members. In 2008, these hard working tribal women came together as a group to help one another to empower themselves and improve their earning capacity. They belong to Kholep Village in Manipur state, which is in the northeastern part of India. Lhingneikim, who is raising her hand in the photo, is one of the group members. She is 42 years old and lives with her three daughters, one son and her husband. Her husband is 47 years old. He drives a van on a hire basis and all her children are getting a good education in a private school, which is about 4 km in distance from her village. Her husband's income alone cannot support the family, so they are dependent on her business. She took a previous loan of INR 5,000 and with this loan she bought two piglets and yarn for weaving shawls and wrap-arounds. With much struggle and hard work, she was able to pay off her first loan. In this way, she contributed to the family income. With that loan and sale proceeds from two of her full-grown pigs, she bought a handloom (a simple machine to weave) to increase weaving in terms of production. Her daughters assisted her by selling door to door after school and on holidays. Now she needs another loan to expand her weaving activities. She hopes to get a good price for the grown pigs with the festival coming ahead. With this money and the money from the loan, she plans to repair her weaving loom and to buy one more handloom to increase her production double fold. She is happy and wishes good fortune to all the lenders around the world so that they may continue their kindness to helpless people like her and extends her warm greetings on behalf of the group. “Happy Thanksgiving for you and your family”.

In this group: Lhingneikim, Chochong, Hoinem, Lhaijahat, Dimkholam, Chinneilam, Vahneilhing *, Kholneikim, Ngahneichong, Lhaineichong, Chinkhonei, Neikhohoi
*not pictured



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