A loan of $1,700 helped a member to buy more fabrics and sewing machines for expanding her tailoring business.


Kinepna Group's story

Kinepna is a ten-member group of tribal women in the hilly regions of Manipur, which is situated in the Northeastern part of India. The group is represented by Helam who, by profession, is a tailor in the village. She is pictured in the photograph with her right hand raised. Helam is married and blessed with two sons and her husband provides satellite television connections in the village.

Helam had once started a tailoring business in the past but due to some family problem, she had to close down the shop. However, the income her husband generates from the satellite TV business was not enough to provide for all the family's expenses. So, she decided to start tailoring in the village once again, and though she did not get a huge amount of profit, she said that she is able to save some for her sons' schooling expenses and other monthly family expenses.

She started the tailoring business in 2011, and she said that she is able to save some from her daily and monthly income. At the same time, she also weaves shawls and other women's traditional wrap-around garments for sale. She has also purchased lots of household items for the house and her husband has also purchased more cable wire for expanding his satellite television business. He wants to expand to the interior of the village and also in the neighbouring villages. Helam said this is very reliable and very profitable, because they are the only one providing the satellite television network in the area. At the same time, with the loan from Kiva, she wants to buy more sewing machines, tailoring materials, cloth fabric, and other essential items for expanding her tailoring business.

In this group: Helam*, Warnu, Lamkhotin, Lamneithem, Vahnem, Chinkhonem, Lhingneimoi, Neilam, Hatneithem, Hatnunnem
*not pictured



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