A loan of $925 helped a member to hire labour to saw logs and to stock vegetables such as mustard leaves, fresh peas and special Manipur vegetables.

Aquila Group's story

Doiting, with raised hand in the group photo, is the profiled borrower. She is 53 years of age and is a mother to seven daughters and three sons. Five of her older daughters have married and now she lives with five children and her husband. Her husband cuts timber and supplies a carpentry workshop. So, her husband spends most of the time in the forest and visits the family on the weekend only. Before she accessed loans along with her older daughters (before they were married), she worked as a daily wage earner to meet the financial needs for the family. She is determined to educate the younger children and very happy that they are doing well with their studies. With her first loan she ventured into selling vegetables as a business. She barely managed to repay her loan. However things changed for the better with her second loan. With great determination, she used her second loan to buy fresh and organic vegetables.

Now she needs another loan to help her husband as well as for her own business. She will use part of her loan to hire labour to saw the timber logs into planks and the remaining loan to stock vegetables such as mustard leaves, fresh peas and local vegetables grown here in Manipur (sample local vegetables can be seen in the photograph). She will sell these vegetables in the market.

Likewise, the rest of her group members too have requested another loan to stock their inventory. These five hard-working tribal women join hands to help out one another and they are popularly known as AQUILA group. They all live in Churachanpur, in the state of Manipur which is in the Northeastern part of India.

In this group: Chingzahoih, Ngaihlun, Lamkim, Doiting, Kimngailian

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