A loan of $1,850 helped a member to buy tin sheets to renovate her weaving shed so she can hire another weaver.

Rindai Group's story

In 2009, 10 hard-working tribal women came together to form a group called “Rindai”. These Tribal women live in a small village at the outskirts of Bishnupur town in the state of Manipur located in the North Eastern part of India. Unemployment is a big problem in this part of the country.

Pouphanliu is the member pictured with raised hand. She is happily married and is a mother to two sons and two daughters. She teaches kindergarten in a private school nearby where her husband is the school principal. All her children go to the same school where she teaches. Her salary, put together with her husband's, is not handsome enough to sustain the family especially when the children come of age and require a bigger amount for their education. Keeping this in mind she has been weaving from time to time to save even before accessing a loan. She also cultivated a homestead garden where she grows vegetables for consumption purposes.

With her first loan in 2009, she purchased weaving materials and employed two weavers to weave traditional garments such as mufflers, sling bags and wrap-around skirts. Samples of the traditional wrap-arounds, her finished products, can be seen in the photograph. She was able to repay her loan on time and increase her savings. She used the second loan for the same weaving activities and began employing the two weavers full-time. She supplied the finished garments to retailers from the main city, Imphal, for bigger profit and faster sale.

Now Pouphanliu needs another loan to increase her production by expanding her weaving shed so that she can hire one more weaver. She will buy tin sheets for the roof and do away with the thatch roof.

Pouphanliu plans to open a vocational school starting with weaving and incorporating other activities down the road. She also plans to introduce the handloom method of weaving. She is very happy that through her income activities at least two women are getting employed apart from the retailer. She has also kept her options open to quit her teaching profession once her children are old enough to go to school by themselves and focus on her vocational activities.

Likewise, the rest of the group members too needed another loan to continue with their respective activities. Potato cultivation, ginger plantation, spring onion plantation, rearing cows, farming vegetables such as mustard leaves and cabbage, and yam cultivation are activities that the group members undertake for income earning.

In this group: Pouphanliu, Kadongailu, Thaibonlu, Thaibilu, Agoupi, Indira, Chamdan, Athanpui, Kakhudunlu, Chandani

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