A loan of $1,850 helped a member to buy stocks of yarns in different colours and textures for weaving and to buy finished products from other weavers to sell.


Maibem Leirak Group's story

This group of 10 women are best known as Maibem Leirak group. In 2010, they come together to stand united for one another and form this group. They belong to a non-tribal community living here in Manipur state on the outskirts of Imphal East district located in the North Eastern part of India. The woman pictured with raised hand is called Ngoubi and is the profile representative of the group. She is 20 years old and is mother to a two-year-old son. She still shares the same kitchen with her in-laws but did not get any financial support. Her husband, 22 years old, is a seasonal farmer. In the off season, usually, sand sieving is his way of earning income for the family. In order to supplement their income, Ngoubi started her line of weaving activities. She uses a handloom to weave. (A sample handloom can be seen in the picture behind the members.) With her first loan, Ngoubi was able to increase her production as compared to before the loan. The cloth that she weaves includes bed covers, wrap- around skirts, and cloth usable for towels and shawls. She supplies her products at the market at reasonable rates. She is happy that she is in good health to support the family income. With the profit that she earns, she usually puts aside some amount to deposit in the group savings on a weekly basis. In this way every time she gets a loan, she has been able to increase her production. She is happy that from her business earnings, she helped her husband purchase a new shovel and a filter bar for his sand-sieving activities. She has been saving most of her profits as well as her husband's income for a separate home very soon. She has been doing this weaving activity for the past 4 years now. Now she needs another loan to continue and do better with her business. She will buy materials required such as yarn of various colours and textures to weave wrap-around skirts, shawls, bed covers, etc. She also means to buy the finished products from other weavers to supply at the market for a profit. Likewise, the rest of the group members too are making steady improvement like her with their respective income-generating activities. Most of the group members are engaged in retailing rice; some have a business of 'paan' shop, vegetable-selling and fuel retailer. They literally thank all the lenders and wish life's best gifts to all the lenders and success in everything they do.

In this group: Ngoubi, Ibemnungshi, Bilasini, Nungshi, Kumu, Shanti, Thambalnu, Naobi, Memcha, Memcha
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