A loan of $2,375 helped a member to purchase various yarn and thread for weaving, and also to purchase a nutritional diet for her cattle.

Muhit A Shg Group's story

A mother of two kids, Kipjang is pictured with her hand raised. She is the featured borrower member for Muhit A Shg Group. The group comprises twelve tribal women members who are financially independent and generate income for their respective families. All the group members reside in a village on the northern part of Manipur state, which is also one of the northeastern states in India.

Kipjang’s husband is a teacher in a private school, and his earning is insufficient to manage the family’s expenses. The income that her husband generates is mainly used for their kids’ education. The rest of the expenses are borne by Kipjang, who raises cattle and weaves to supplement the family income.

Kipjang is raising cattle at her home, and she has one female cow with a calf at present. The cow and the calf are usually reared at the nearby fields for fresh grass to eat. The milk produced is sold every day to the neighbours, as the milk quantity is enough to sell. The income generated is usually used for daily expenses, which is why there are times when they don’t have enough cash to purchase feed for the cattle.

Besides raising cattle, Kipjang also weaves to make more income for the family. She usually purchases yarn and thread from the city market and weaves with them. Her woven finished products are women’s wrap-around skirts, men’s traditional shawls, and women's traditional shawls. The demands for woven products are high, as they are the main attire for the women in their tradition. Kipjang could not meet the demands of her customers. The unavailability of looms paralyzes her to produce more woven products, as she weaves with the traditional back-strap. She hardly manages three or four at the maximum in a month.

She wants a loan from Kiva and WSDS to purchase nutritional feed for the cattle and more yarn for weaving purposes. The nutritional feed is necessary, as the cow is also used in place of a machine for ploughing purposes, and the milk production needs to be adequate in quantity. She also wanted to purchase various yarn for weaving purposes to weave better and expensive woven products. That way, she will generate a better means of income and repay the loan amount in time.

She thanked Kiva and WSDS for the wonderful deeds and says she is delighted to work with them.

In this group: Kipjang, Chinneikip, Lamnuntheng, Lhingjahat, Tinneilhing, Nemjavah, Helam, Nengneikim, Veikhoneng, Momring, Nengneihat, Hoirengkip

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