A loan of $2,775 helped a member to buy products to expand her weaving business.

Kongba Chanam Leikai Group's story

“Growing up only with the support of elderly parents is tough,” says Rani. She is featured with the raised hand and belongs to Kongba Chanam Leikai SHG. Her elderly parents’ inability to earn good income for the family left all four siblings with only a primary school education. Rani started earning by weaving at an early age and supports the family. She also says she makes extra efforts to succeed because she doesn’t have what it takes.

During the initial stages of her business, Rani took loan credits from local money lenders to buy yarn and weaving materials. She used to weave only women’s wrap-around skirts. But with the small profits she made, she hardly managed to pay back the high-interest money lenders.

Rani also started collecting woven products from other weavers in the locality, along with her own woven cloth, and sold them at a little higher rate at the main market. Rani continues her weaving business in this manner, and now she is acknowledged to be one of the successful unmarried females in the neighborhood.

Rani joined a monthly savings group with the local money investment group, and she will get her savings at the end of every 12 months. Rani also says, “God helps those who help themselves,” because more than five weavers are working under her supervision now, and she hopes to do better in the future.

With this loan, Rani will purchase a lot of yarn and weave plenty of woven products. She wishes to get an extra loom in a couple of months if things go according to her plan. Rani hopes to expand her weaving business and provide a better life for her parents and family. She thanked WSDS and Kiva for the support and wish them blessings.

The rest of the group members are also engaged in weaving and embroidery works.

In this group: Anita, Rita, Anita, Rani, Ibeton, Pinky, Sundari, Nita, Bijeta, Sundari
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