A loan of $950 helped a member to buy varieties of vegetables and fruits to sell for profit.


Ekhad Group's story

Ekhad Group is composed of five members. These members are tribal women residing in D. Phailien village, which is about 67 kilometers from Imphal, the capital of Manipur. Manipur is a state that lies in the northeastern part of India. Each group member has an important role in running her respective family. By coming together in a group, they are able to support each other and share their experiences. This togetherness has paved a way for them to sustain themselves.

Moinu is the profile member, and is seen in the picture with her hand raised. She is a 38-year-old mother. She has five sons, all of whom are school-going. Her husband is a carpenter by profession and works in a carpentry workshop. With her husband’s wage, they can hardly manage their childrens' school fees and all the requirements at home. Therefore, she took up the job of selling vegetables, hoping that she can bring home some money to manage at least two square meals for the family.

Though she is a vegetable vendor, she does not own a shop. She carries her stock in a conical bamboo basket, which is a local handmade basket used by tribal people in northeast India. She goes from door to door in the locality and sometimes even to far places carrying and selling vegetables. These vegetables include mustard leaf, peas, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, brinjal (eggplant), bean leaves, bamboo shoots, and cucumbers, as well as fruits like lemons. Keeping aside the capital, whatever profit she makes is spent for buying rice for the family and some portion is kept for repayment of the loan. With her next loan, she plans to buy more varieties of vegetables and fruits so that she can make more profit.

In the same way, the other members of the group engage themselves in activities like raising pigs or selling vegetables and fruits.

In this group: Kimngaihniang, Kim Mary, Thiengneihjem, Niengneikim, Moinu



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