A loan of $900 helped a member to buy more fabric to make garments to sell.

Jonlhing Lom Group's story

This is a five-member group and they called themselves “Jonlhing Lom” group. They live in the northeastern part of India in the state of Manipur. Jonlhing, according to the Kuki folk tale, was a very beautiful girl. Her beauty spread far and wide and people from different and far off places came to
see and admire her beauty. Her beauty was compared with the brightness of the sun and she was adored by all. Speaking of which, the group members truly represent the beauty and personality of “Jonlhing” in their work because they work tirelessly and continually, hoping to bring change to
their life and the lives of many people around them.

The profiled member is Neilhing who is on the extreme left of the picture with her right hand raised. She is 32 years of age and blessed with two sons and two daughters. They are a happy family and her husband has his own local electronics repair workshop in the village. He repairs all kinds of electronic gadgets in the village like cell phones, radios, TVs and tape recorders. But the money that he receives from the workshop is not enough to run the house and pay for the children's monthly school fees. So, Neilhing decided to open a tailoring shop in the village where she knits trousers, shirts and school uniforms. But still, this job is not enough to meet the expenses of the family, because she is able to get only a meager income from the tailoring shop.

She said that with the loan from KIVA, she will be able to buy more fabric for garments so that she can knit more and sell more. She also said that in this way, she can take more orders in advance and doesn’t have to wait for the customers to go to the nearest town to get the fabric. This is also going to save a lot of time and money for the villagers and at the same time, people from the nearby villages will come to get the garments from her. In this way, she will earn more and save more for her family.

She said that over the next 10 years, she wishes to buy a paddy field of her own where she can grow wheat, grain and some cash crops in the field. Not only that, she wishes to continue knitting and expand her tailoring shop. The other group members are engaged in many other income-
generating activities like raising piglets for sale, and opening shops in different location within the village.

She thanks KIVA for offering loans. The group members said that God has answered their prayers and for that reason, they all can fulfill what they had been dreaming of. They also thank WSDS for their endless support, and hope that KIVA and WSDS will continue to render their support in the years to come.

In this group: Kimnu, Neilhing, Neilam, Chinkhovei, Tingcha

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