A loan of $1,475 helped a member to buy piglets to raise.


Sahei Group's story

This is the Sahei group, which consists of eight members and was formed in 2008. They all belong to the Tribal community and hail from a small village located on the outskirts of Sadar Hills in Manipur State in the northeastern part of India. They came together as a group to help one another to take a loan.

Lhaingah, pictured with her hand raised, is the profile representative of the group. Since 1996, she has been living a widow's life. She is a mother to three sons and a daughter. All by herself, she shoulders parentat responsibilities trying to educate the children. She is very happy that now the two older children are on the verge of completing their graduation and the younger two are still pursuing their intermediate grade. She had done farming activities on rented land before her loan. Usually she would labor as a wage earner for extra income. In order to have a break, she abandoned the rented land to avoid paying high revenue to the landowners while she sweats.

In 2008 with her first loan, she bought two piglets to raise. In order to repay her loan, she sold one pig after four months to meet her loan liability. At the end of the year, the full grown other pig gave her a good income. With her second loan, she increased her production by raising four piglets. All her children help her by gathering waste food house to house for the pigs on a daily basis. From the sale proceeds of one pig, she bought pineapple saplings to grow in her homestead garden to sell at the market. In this way, she has been struggling to keep up and manage her children's education.

She always wanted to renovate her house's thatch roof to weather condition tin sheets and she has been saving but as usual, the savings will be used for the children's needs. She plans to execute her tin roof plans the following year, provided she is in good enough health to raise more piglets. Now she needs another loan to continue her piggery activities for better fortune. She will use the loan to buy at least four more piglets (preferably two female piglets for reproduction) to raise for profit. She also means to use part of the loan to buy new clothing for her younger children for the Christmas celebration.

Likewise, the rest of the group members too need another loan to supplement their income activities. Pineapple farming, poultry farming, vegetable farming and vegetable selling are the preferable activities that the group is engaged in.

In this group: Tingneilam, Nemnei, Vahnei*, Lhaingah, Vahchin, Ngahchong, Lhingcha, Veikholhing
*not pictured



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