A loan of $925 helped a member to buy yarns of different textures and colours to weave traditional skirts to sell.


Lamngambi Group's story

This is Lamngambi group of 5 members. In 2010, these hard-working women joined hands to support themselves through loan facilities. They belong to a Metei tribal village in Manipur State which is in the North Eastern part of India. It is about half an hour's drive from the main city Imphal.

Ibecha is the member pictured with raised hand. She is 40 years old and is mother to a son and two daughters. Her husband is an army pensioner and now spends his time in poultry farming and raising ducks. In order to supplement the family income she started a business using her weaving expertise. She uses the handloom method of weaving.

With her first loan she employed two weavers for weaving. She produces traditional wrap-arounds with a design called “Rani Phi,” well known on the national market. It usually takes about 10 days to complete one wrap-around. Through the loan she actually produced 50 wrap-arounds to sell and earned a good profit. She helps her husband to buy poultry feeding requirements and supports her son in a tutorial class after the school hour. She is very happy with the progress she has made in her business.

Now Ibecha needs another loan to continue her weaving activities. She will use the loan to buy more yarns of different qualities and colours to weave and increase the production of traditional tribal wrap-around skirts for her business.

Likewise, the rest of the group members too needed the loan to upgrade their respective business undertakings. Sand sieving, jewellery business, weaving, and vegetable selling are the primary activities of the group members. As a group, the members meet every weekend for saving a fixed amount of INR 50 per member. In this way they function as a group.

In this group: Ibemhal, Sorojini, Sanatombi, Ibecha, Ibetombi



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