A loan of $1,675 helped a member to buy yarn for making ‘wrap-round’ skirts worn by women.

Tellem Leikai Group's story

Tellem Leikai group has nine women members who are residents of Yairipok Khoirom village, a valley located about 24 kilometres from Imphal, capital of Manipur which is one of the states in North East India. Most of the members are illiterate but hard working and supportive to one another.

Tejamala, with raised hand as seen in the picture, is the profiled member. She is 37, a mother to two sons. Her husband is a government employee at the lowest grade with a small salary. She assists her husband in raising the family by engaging herself in sand sieving and weaving to add some income for the family.

In 2012, she focused more on weaving. She made different types of ‘wrap-rounds’, a typical cloth covering the legs from the waist which is worn by women (as seen in the picture). This type of cloth can be woven by hand as well as on a handloom (weaving machine used manually). As preferred by many, she weaves by hand. Some are bordered with silk in different designs while some with synthetic thread. When she accesses this loan, she plans to increase the quantity of her products by engaging more weavers.

Likewise, the other group members are engaged in weaving and the products are supplied and sold at different marketplaces.

In this group: Shantibala, Tejamala, Anandini, Thamcha, Sana, Bina, Tamu, Asha, Jibanshanti
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