A loan of $1,875 helped a member to buy 200-250 chicks and 2-3 piglets and raise them for sale.

Lamjing Meira Group's story

Lamjing Meira is a group formed by ten members. All the members are women hailing from Yairipok Khoirom which is about 30 kilometres from Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, which is in the northeastern part of India. Each member has a big role in the family which one alone can hardly fulfill. So these women have come together to strengthen and sustain themselves by finding a solution.

Phajabi is the profiled member, the one who is posing with her hand raised in the picture. She is 46 years of age and has three sons and two daughters. Along with her husband, she has been doing whatever she can to support her family. Before she accessed any loan, she used to run a tea stall in the locality. The income generated from the stall was far less than what she needed for the family. She wanted to raise her income by doing some other business but she was helpless because she could not afford more capital.

In 2012, fortunately, she was able to start a better business after she received the first loan. With the loan amount she bought a hundred chicks and started a poultry farm, while she utilised some portion of the loan for buying oil, sugar, milk and other ingredients for the tea stall. This way she added another source of income which was possible solely because of the loan. With the next loan, she is planning to expand her poultry farming business by buying 200-250 chicks and 2-3 piglets. Likewise, the rest of the members also have successfully engaged themselves with piggery and poultry farming and weaving.

Deep in her heart, Phajabi can already feel the joy when she thinks of herself and the other members being lifted to some height from the depth of all the hardships they had faced.

In this group: Tombi, Akoibi, Pramo, Premila, Shanti, Devala, Indu, Sanatombi, Ibeyai, Phajabi

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