A loan of $1,400 helped a member to purchase different colours of yarn for weaving to sell woven products.

Hoikhotin Group's story

Hatshi was left by her husband in the year 2002 with six kids to feed on her own. All the hopes and aspirations which she dreamt of with her husband were shattered and tumbled. In spite of all the hardships she faces, Hatshi manages to take care of all her kids by running small income-generating activities like selling rice from door-to-door, selling vegetables and by working in someone else's paddy fields to earn a daily wage.

The group is named after Hoikhotin because she was a well known lady in the surrounding areas for her hard work and endurance while she was serving as the only female chief in the village. A member of the group says that she is their inspiration and they look up to her for success. They are proud to call themselves Hoikhotin Group.

Hatshi works really hard to manage the family affairs. Besides selling rice, vegetables and earning a daily wage by working in paddy fields, she also weaves to supplement her income. She taught her second daughter weaving, and now she and her daughter co-operate and weave different traditional woven products. She is able to make a good profit now, but it is never sufficient to make savings. She has to repay the loan amount monthly and also her kids' needs are to be fulfilled.

With this Kiva loan, Hatshi is planning to get sufficient yarns from the market to use for weaving. She has decided to buy the better quality yarns, which she could not afford before, and weave the most expensive traditional wrap skirts for women to sell for a good profit. She wishes to continue her weaving business because she can carry it out irrespective of the weather. Her other activities are affected when there is a bandh [strike] in the area or when it rains heavily. Her dream is to provide her youngest daughter with the best education and support her in all possible ways to let her become an IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer, which is considered the highest civil service in India.

The other group members are engaged in poultry, a piggery, a grocery and vegetable vending. Hatshi thanks Kiva and WSDS for the help and wishes to continue working with WSDS and Kiva. She says, “God will help and guide you and will never leave you. God bless Kiva.”

In this group: Hatshi, Kimneichong, Nemneineng, Chongneilam, Hoinu, Kimkhovah, Lhaikim

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