A loan of $1,825 helped a member to purchase one handloom (a simple machine to weave) and buy yarn of varied quality to weave.


Golngai Group's story

Golngai group was formed in 2009 and has 10 members. The literal meaning of "Golngai" can be closely translated as “besotted friend”. These tribal women belong to Kholep village of Manipur state, which is in the northeastern part of India. In order to empower themselves and contribute to their family incomes, they mean to help one another to get a loan as a group. Hevei is pictured with her hand raised. She is 38 years old and a mother to three sons and one daughter. Her husband, Seikhohao, earns money as a wood cutter. With a tight budget, they barely manage their children's schooling. She grows a homestead garden for food. Before she got a loan, she would work doing anything for a day’s wage. There are times when she has to baby-sit and wash clothes to get paid. The nature of her work as a wage earner began to have an adverse effect on the children. Since then, to protect her children's emotions, she got a loan to make a difference in their lives. With part of her first loan, she bought piglets and yarn to weave. She weaved three shawls in a month. With her second loan, she continued her activities and she was happy that she actually earned more than her previous daily wages. She actually bought a TV using her income, which made her children very proud. She said, “The day I bought the TV, I felt like I was on top of the world. It may sound funny for others but for me and my family it is a great achievement”. Eventually, her activities became the source of the family income. She has contacts and plans to supply the woven shawls and wrap-round at a large scale to retailers of the same products. She needs and requested another loan from Kiva to improve upon her weaving activities. She wishes to continue weaving for her main source of income. She plans to utilize the loan to purchase one handloom (a simple machine to weave) and to buy yarn of varied quality to weave. Raising pigs is a long-term profit source, which she conveniently wishes to continue. This can serve as a backup plan for any emergency. Likewise, the rest of the group members, too, need and requested another loan to do better with their income-generating activities. The group is very happy to know that their loan comes from all around the world. The members pray for God’s blessing for everyone who has lent their money to make a difference in their lives.

In this group: Hoilam, Hevei, Chongnu, Helhing, Nemneichong, Nengneihat, Tinkholhing, Nemneihoi, Neipi, Hoimong
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