A loan of $1,675 helped a member to purchase more yarn to weave and two more piglets to raise.

Jingvalpa Group's story

"Indeed, Hoichong deserves to be the secretary of the Jingvalpa group” says Hoichong’s husband. Hoichong lives an exemplary life for other women folks in the village. Her right arm is paralyzed but she is capable of performing every household chore with only the help of her left arm. She also generates income for the family by weaving and raising pigs. She is the secretary of Jingvalpa Group and she is the featured borrower of the group. She is pictured with her hand raised. Hoichong still looks young and strong after raising eight children.

Hoichong weaves with the help of the loom, using only her one arm. She also raises pigs. She can weave all the different patterns and the latest designs. Her woven products are mostly traditional women's wrap around skirts and men's shawls, which are considered to be the most expensive ones. She sells her woven products in her village and nearby villages. Since her village is about 3 1/2 kms away from the town market, she goes there only on market day, which is every Friday. On the other days, she raises pigs and finds feed for the pigs in the nearby fields. She says her pigs are all healthy and they are growing fast. She hopes to make a good sale when they are fully grown. She paid back her previous loan on time and managed to have a group savings with the other group members.

With the Kiva loan, she will purchase two more piglets and more yarn for the weaving business. She shares that facilities for physically different persons were applied for by her husband so that she could avail government schemes to promote herself in generating an income for the family. The required proceedings were followed but it took longer than expected. By that time, she had joined Jingvalpa Group and now she is able to make an income for the family, which makes her believe in herself more. She says her confidence grows more with the family and society too. The family burden is now shared financially by her. She thanks WSDS and Kiva for all the support and assistance provided to them. She says, "Thank you so much".
The rest of the group members are engaged in a piggery, a vegetable-selling business, a rice-selling business, and weaving.

In this group: Hoichong, Hoishi, Ngaineng, Chongvei, Lhingjahoi, Chogneilam, Kimkhongah, Chinneirose, Neibem

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