A loan of $2,100 helped a member to purchase seasonal seeds and saplings for cultivation.

Choi Aan Lom Group's story

“Choi-Aan” group is an eight-member group of the Thadou-Kuki tribe, and their representative is Ngahneikim. She is pictured with her hand raised in the photograph. They live in the hilly regions of Manipur, in the northeastern parts of India.

Ngahneikim is married and blessed with four daughters and two sons. The eldest is 21 and the youngest of the siblings is 2 years of age. Her husband is a peon in the post office with a meager monthly salary, which is not enough to support the family. Because of this, the two eldest siblings of the family did not attend school; instead, they work in the fields growing vegetables to support the family. However, three other siblings are enrolled in the government school in the village.

Ngahneikim faced all kinds of problems in taking care of the family expenditures and paying the monthly school fees and other expenses of her school-going children. So, since 2009, she started selling vegetables in the nearby town, and with the help of her two children, plants and grows all kinds of vegetables for consumption and also for sale. She said that her daily income somehow helps with the family’s daily expenses. At the same time, with the help of her two elder children, she also raises piglets for sale.

Ngahneikim said that with the loan from Kiva, she will buy all kinds of seasonal seeds and saplings to cultivate them in her vegetable field. Most of the vegetables that she sells are the produce from her vegetable field. She sells them in the nearby town and the village.

The other group members are also engaged in income-generating activities like raising piglets, chicks, cows, and buffaloes; they also sell vegetables in the neighbouring villages.

In this group: Agong, Ngahneikim, Kholneilhing, Chinlhing, Lhingneilam, Nemlem, Kimneiting, Kimhat

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