A loan of $950 helped a member to improve and broaden her pig farming.

Sarah Group's story

Sarah group was formed in 2010 and it consists of five women members. These tribal women live in a small village located in Senapati district of Manipur state, which is in the northeastern part of India. Empowering themselves and making contributions to their family incomes by helping one another through a group loan is the theme behind this group.

Sarah is the profile member who is pictured with raised hand. She is 47 years old and a mother to a son and a daughter. Her husband passed away in 2000 due to illness. Since then, she has been the sole breadwinner for the family. Due to financial shortage, she could not afford to continue sending her children to school. Fortunately, she owns a rice mill, which enables her to earn some income with which she managed her family’s daily bread. She also raised some pigs.

During daytime, she went to work. Before her first loan, even as a woman she took up the work of cutting bamboo and firewood to earn a day’s wage. Though she knew that the nature of her work could have an adverse effect on her health, she had no other options.

But in order to keep her family running and also to keep herself healthy, she wanted to take up some favorable work by taking a loan. With her first loan, she bought piglets and started raising them. She had only two pigs before the loan. Now she is satisfied and happy to see 15 pigs. She also finds more time to spend with her family and she can keep herself and her family in sound health.

She wishes to avail another loan to improve and broaden her piggery farming, which she wants to make her main source of income. Likewise, the rest of the group members need and wish for another loan to do better with their respective income-generating activities.

In this group: Sarah, Remunten, Sidhani, Louise, Phaitunei

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