A loan of $2,025 helped a member to buy stock of yarn in colours to weave and piglets to raise for profit.

Nisopah Group's story

This is Nisopah group of 11 members. The term literally means 'sunflower'. They all belong to a TrIbal community. They all live in Thingkanphai village in Manipur state located in the North Eastern part of India. It takes about 3 and half hours' drive to reach it from the main city Imphal and the road connectivity is still characterized with a bumpy ride.

Hatneng is the profiled member, pictured with her hand raised. She is 45 years old and she is a mother to two sons and two daughters whose age is between 19 years to 25 years. The family's main source of income comes from her husband who is a government employee as a clerk under the District Administrative Office. All her children are going to college for a higher degree in the main city. In order to supplement the family income, she has been weaving since 1990. She weaves traditional clothes such as shawls (local name, 'Saipikhup') and wraparounds (local name, 'Khamtang') of varied colours and designs. Her saved income from this trade comes in very handy when her husband's salary is delayed 3 to 4 months at a stretch. The government trend of delayed payment to the employees here in Manipur is making things difficult for the people.

With her first loan in 2009, she continued the same activities. Having woven for so long she already earned a good name in and around the neighbouring villages. This goes to say that her market options are well established. With her second loan she increased her production by hiring two more weavers to assist her. Her two daughters, having mastered the art, spent their school vacation weaving. The method used to weave is that of a back strap loom.
She wishes and plans that her younger daughter aged 21 years now would go for a professional training in this art. She wants her to learn weaving using the modern techniques of weaving such as weaving by machine. Maybe down the road, she dreams of becoming an entrepreneur by inviting interested companies of such holding and manufacturer. For her future dream she has been saving for quite some time now already.

She needs another loan to facilitate her weaving activity. She will use the loan to stock yarns of different colours and texture to weave. She also wishes to do multiple income activities, namely piggery. Therefore, with part of the loan she also means to buy piglets to rear for profit.

Likewise, the rest of the group too needs this loan to start afresh with their respective activities hoping this New Year will bring them good fortune. All the members wish all the lenders around the world a joyous and prosperous 2013.

In this group: Ngaineng, Chonghoi, Pipi , Hatneng, Shineo, Jeny, Ngaineihoi, Neiphal, Lhingneng, Lhingkhonei, Chongpineng

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