A loan of $925 helped a member to pay for a share of a rented plot of land for sieving.


Joujam Group's story

Kimneihoi is 37 years old, married, and has four boys. Kimneihoi is the featured borrower member of Joujam Group and she is pictured with her hand raised.

She and her husband sieve sand on the riverbank, which is close to the village, to make a living. Kimneihoi used to run a paan shop a couple of years ago, but it failed to succeed. The paan shop was closed down because customers did not pay back their debts and the shop couldn’t be managed anymore.

Kimneihoi and her husband sieve sand/stones to earn money. The riverbank where they work is taken on rent for sieving purposes from the land owner at a high rate. They contribute equally with other sand sievers for the land and the excavator/loader because the rate for hiring the land/excavator is high and it is not affordable by only one person. They work under the scorching heat of the sun and there is no substitute for their business. They work as a team with other miners and share the profits.

Kimneihoi says, “We cease work during the rainy season because water current is high and water level rises, which is risky.” They usually go back to work once the water level has decreased and the riverbanks are dry. They halt their activity in case of sickness and natural calamities but work almost all throughout the year. Their life does not allow for sickness.

Kimneihoi believes that with this loan, she will be able to contribute for another plot of land and the excavator/loader. This will eventually enable both of them to work harder and earn more. She is happy because she is able to get the financial help from a distant world. She wishes them victory and good wishes in their life.

In this group: Kimneihoi, Lhingboi, Santi, Jolly, Moinu



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