A loan of $1,675 helped a member to buy more stock to sell in her general store and buy three piglets to rear for profit with part of the loan.

Khupting Group's story

This is Khupting group consisting of nine members. These hard-working tribal women came together in 2010 to support one another to find ways and means to supplement the family income by accessing loan. They all live on the outskirts of Senapati district in Manipur state which is in the North Eastern part of India.

Mangneichong is one of the members, profiled here and pictured with raised hand. She is 22 years old and is a mother to a son and a daughter. She has yet to send her children to school. Her husband who is the main earner works as quarry worker and usually cuts wood to sell. Mangneichong's previous activity before accessing the loan was charcoal-making.

With her first loan in 2009, Mangneichong started her own store selling general items. She really did well with her store business because it was the only store in her village. With the profit she was able to repay her loan and was also in the position to expand her store by increasing her inventory. With the second loan she expanded her store by bringing in more items, according to her customers' demand. With the profit she bought three piglets to rear. By the end of the year, from the sale of the grown pigs, she bought two He-Buffaloes to help her husband in his transportation of wood to sell. She is very happy that she is becoming a decision-maker for the family.

Now Mangneichong needs another loan for her business. She wishes to increase her stock of general items. She also means to use part of the loan to purchase three more piglets to rear for profit. She plans to enroll her children in a private school next year. She is very happy that now she can support her children's education.

Likewise, the rest of the group members too are making steady improvement with their respective undertakings. Poultry farming, piggeries, a charcoal business, raising cows, and a ginger plantation are some of the income-generating activities of the group members.

In this group: Vahkhohat, Lhaivah, Lamvei, Tinneikim, Phaneng, Nengkhovei, Vahneilhing, Nengkholam, Mangneichong
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