A loan of $2,775 helped a member to purchase more supplies for her store for refills.


Thambalkhong Mayai Leikai Group's story

Gambhini is a single mother with a son. She is pictured with her hand raised. Gambhini is the featured member of Thambalkhong Mayai Leikai Group. She runs a variety store in her village. She started her business with a very small amount of capital by selling paan, local cigarettes, candy, toffees, dried tobacco packs and vegetables like potatoes, onions and garlic. Her variety store is a winner in the village. People gather around the clock to buy things from her. Gambhini is very prudent with her daily expenses, so she has been able to save and restock with rice, sugar, vegetable oil, detergent soaps and detergent powder. Gambhini’s only son, who is 17 years old, also helps her run the variety store when he is on vacation. Gambhini joined the group savings and contributes monthly. She is delighted to share this because she used to admire the other group members who were in a position to have savings in the group whereas she was not. With the upcoming loan, she wishes to stock more supplies in the store and hire someone to run errands for the store. She plans on this because she believes that this will enable the villagers not to travel all the way to the marketplace for small items like salt, sugar, etc., which will eventually be to her benefit. Likewise, the other group members are also busy in their businesses and are working hard. Their businesses include weaving, tailoring and embroidery. They are hopeful for better and bigger outcomes in the days to come if Kiva continues to loan to them in the future too.

In this group: Gambhini Devi, Lata Devi, Santi Chanu, Ibetombi, Chandrasakhi, Manileima, Memi, Indumukhi, Priyalakshmi, Roshni
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