A loan helped a member to purchase yam, chive and ginger saplings to grow and sell for profit.

Ahshi Shg Group's story

“I am a farmer and I do not have other means to generate income, if I do not use farming in the best possible way,” says Lhingkhonei.

She and other seven other members joined hands together and formed the "Ahshi Group." Their main motive is to encourage one another and assist both morally and financially in times of need. All the group members are engaged in their own respective businesses to make a living for their families and themselves. Lhingkhonei is the group representatives and she is the featured member, pictured with her hand raised. She is married with one child and her husband works in the construction sites projected by the state government.

Lhingkhonei used to weave and also used to collect firewood to sell. But her business failed after the Village Authority put a ban on collection of firewood in the forest. She had no other means but go back to where she started and that was farming.

The presence of the town market on the main National Highway is a great advantage for businessmen and women. She has been selling fresh vegetables in the said town market for more than three years. She grows vegetables in the field and also plants vegetables at the back of her house. She gets the vegetable supplies from other villagers and also supplements them with the vegetables from her field and sells them. But the income generated from selling vegetables is not sufficient to manage the daily expenses and also to save.

With the Kiva loan, she will purchase various vegetable seeds and saplings. If possible, she will also purchase vegetable fertilizers for better growth and production. She will grow them in the field and when they are ready to be sold, she will sell them. She believes that after availing the loan from Kiva, she will be able to sell only her field products and not be dependent on the other vegetable producers.

Her gratitude is immeasurable and she wishes to continue keeping the relationship strong. Her aspiration is to own the largest vegetable field in the village and become the largest producer in the whole area.

The rest of the group members are engaged in growing and selling chives.

In this group: Lhingkhonei, Janglhing, Tingneithem, Nemkholhing, Hoikhonei, Neitinlhing, Lhingneivah, Hoineichong

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