A loan of $925 helped a member to buy yarns of varied colors and texture to weave traditional garments. Also to enroll the children in their school for the next session.


Bimota Group's story

This is Bimota Group of five tribal women created in 2009. They all live in a small village on the outskirts of Bishnupur in Manipur State, which is in the northeastern part of India. They came together as a group to avail a loan in order to create income activities for themselves. Bimota is the group leader pictured with a raised hand. She is 38 years old and is the mother of three daughters and one son. She lives with eight members as a family. Her husband's main lines of income are selling firewood and bamboo. However, this source of income is exhausted by itself and takes time to replenish. Therefore, in order to supplement the family income, she usually weaves traditional garments but could not produce much due to limited capital at her disposal. She initiated and formed the group to fulfill the capital needs for her weaving income activities. With her first loan in 2009, she bought all the requirements for weaving (loom, thread, needs). She started weaving four days a week and was able to produce six traditional wrap rounds of different quality and four shawls in a month and a week’s time. Her husband helped her out with the loan repayments for the initial four months. With the profits, she was able to repay the loan and buy yarn to continue weaving. With her second loan, she was able to produce more by employing one more weaver and channeling her sales by supplying a retailer as well as selling some herself. With her income, she managed to support her children's education better. She was able to pay the children's school fees on time. She is happy that her oldest son can continue his graduation class. She is very happy with all the support that she gets from her husband as well as her children. Her children did well by bringing home their friends to buy the traditional garments that their mother weaves. In this way, people know where to buy when they need one. Now she needs another loan to continue with her weaving business. She will use the loan to stock yarn of different colors and textures to weave the traditional wrap round, shawls and vest coats that she has been weaving. She also means to use part of the loan for the children's enrollment fees for the next session. The rest of the group members also need another loan to upgrade and do better at their respective activities. The group members' activities can be classified as spring onion farming, fishery, piggery and yam cultivation.

In this group: Pratima, Bimota, Mercy, Akhim, Inao
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