A loan of $950 helped a member to buy thread in different colours and textures, needles, and design materials for embroidery.


Lamyanba Group's story

Lamyanba Group was formed in 2010. There are five members, all married women hailing from the same village located in Sadar Hills, Manipur which is one of the states in North East India. The group was formed by like-minded and hard-working women members who want to come together, help one another, and collectively bring about some means to minimize their financial problems.

Ranjana is the profiled member, seen in the picture with her hand raised. She is 32 and a mother to a son and a daughter. Her children are school-going and her only wish is that she can keep them going, though her family is burdened with many financial problems. Her husband is a mason and he works on a daily basis with a petty wage. With such earning, she knows that she cannot keep the family going on for long. This is the point where she has decided to set herself to finding a way to sustain her family.

In 2011, she received the first loan. She utilised the loan in buying chicks and started poultry farming. She was successful somehow but due to frequent road blockades and state related problems, it was quite difficult to get poultry feed in time. On the other hand, she has an embroidery machine but not the materials required. So she has decided to start embroidery, utilising the second loan for buying said materials.

Likewise, the other members of the group are engaged in embroidery and weaving.

In this group: Ranjana, Nungsitombi, Bijeta, Renubala, Ranjita
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