A loan of $1,875 helped a member to purchase and sell varieties of flowers.


Mary Group's story

Mary group, which was formed in 2008, has ten hard-working women as members. These women belong to one of the tribal groups known as Thadou Kuki and they all settled in New Keithelmanbi village, Sadar Hills, Manipur state,which is in the North Eastern part of India. They have empowered themselves in survival and sustainability through the formation of the group.

Tinkhoneng, the profiled member, is standing with a hand raised. She is 42 and a mother to six sons and a daughter. All her children are being sent to school which is a big burden for the family. Her husband rears some pigs and generates some income. Being hard workers, both she and her husband would take up any work to keep the family going.

In 2009, she received the first loan with which she bought flowers grown in the wild in bulk and rare flower seeds and sold them. In doing so, she could earn some profit. In the following year, along with her husband she reared pigs with the second loan. That too was successful. Leaving her husband with the piggery farming, with the third loan she wants to buy varieties of flowers. This time she wants to include all stages, from nursery bed flowers to full grown ones.

The other members of the group are engaged in piggery and poultry farming, charcoal, weaving and vegetable businesses. Each and every member has somehow found a means of living and sustaining themselves and their families, and above all, they have set a good example to non-members in the village.

In this group: Nemneichong, Hatkim, Nengjakim, Tinkhoneng, Hechong, Chinneng, Hatneikim, Nengkhohoi, Lhingkim, Thenneng
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