A loan of $925 helped a member to buy traditional wrap-round skirts to sell in neighbouring states, namely Nagaland.


Thohhat Group's story

This is “Thohhat” group (literal meaning perseverance) consisting of five members. These tribal women came together to help one another in the form of a group to access a loan. They live in a small village on the outskirts of Churachanpur district of Manipur state in the northeastern part of India.

Hatkhovei is pictured with raised hand. She is 44 years old and is a mother to three daughters and two sons. Her husband is a farmer by profession and owns a large paddy field where he grows rice. He rears 10 cows which help him in ploughing his field, and he sells milk for money. This is how Hatkhovei assisted her husband before she ventured out to do something of her own. Since her children are coming of age and needed more money for their education, clothes and maintenance she wished to take up some income-generating activities in order to supplement the family income.

With Hatkhovei's first loan, she used the loan as a down-payment to purchase traditional wrap-round skirts from the local weavers. She did sell her products but not as efficiently as she would have thought. However, understanding the market and the fashion of the people, she gradually learnt to select better designs to sell and earn more. Some samples of her products can be seen hanging behind the members in the group photograph. She is happy that she has become a role model for her children and above all she is happy that her husband acknowledges all the support she renders towards the futures of her children. She is in a better position to command her business now and to help out two of her group members, who do weaving and would list out a catalogue to weave for them and place an order.

Hatkhovei has dreams and wishes to fulfill. She wishes to buy her husband a tractor machine to help plough his field. She also wishes to see her children grow up to be fine human beings. She longs for a good house to live in.

Hatkhovei needs another loan to continue with her tribal clothing business. With this loan she will buy more traditional wrap-round skirts to supply to the neighbouring states namely Nagaland. With Christmas coming, demand for such products is very high.

Likewise her group members too requested another loan to expand their inventory, clothing & food, with the demand of the holidays nearing.

In this group: Hoikhochin, Hatkhovei, Zorammawii, Nemkhoneng, Lhinngneineng



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