A loan of $1,825 helped a member to purchase more variety of plastic toys and expand the shop.

Chikim B Group's story

Chikim B Group consists of ten hard-working women. They live in a village which is about 40 km away from the town capital of Manipur which is in the North-Eastern state of India. The extreme left in the picture is Ngailam and she is featured with hand raised. She represents the featured borrower for the Chikim B Group and she runs a toy shop in the town market. She lives with her ailing husband and four kids. Her husband is suffering from a prolapsed disc thus he cannot move freely.

Ngailam sell toys in the town market shed and she makes a very good profit. Her sales includes toys for girls and boys whose age ranges from 3-13 yrs. She sells dolls, kitchen wares, dressing kits, doctors kits etc. for girls and plastic guns, pistols, water pistols, paint guns and GI Joes for boys. She makes a good income because there are very few vendors for toy shops. Kids like to purchase new toys and play with them thus it is essential for her to refill her shop with more interesting toys to attract kids. Her sales increase during the summer and winter breaks because kids are on vacation. Therefore, she keeps track of the school breaks and makes sure she has what the kids want in her toy shop.

With the Kiva Loan she will purchase more variations of toys for both boys and girls. She is planning to purchase and sell Barbie dolls, stuffed toys, war tanks, remote access toys and super heroes masks. She always wanted to keep these toys in her shop but her income was small. She also takes care of her ailing husband who needs a monthly routine check-up in which she spends a lot on medication. She is glad that Kiva will assist her financially in bringing growth to her business and allowing her to sell better and attractive toys.

Her plan is to save money and give surgery in a well-reputed private hospital in the state capital. She thanks WSDS and Kiva for the love and support towards herself and the Chikim B Group. The rest of the group members are also engaged in poultry, weaving, piggery, and grocery.

In this group: Lhingdeihat, Lhingcha, Lhingkim, Helam, Nengtin, Hevei, Vahjalhing, Ngailam, Nemneichong, Olivia

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