A loan of $2,125 helped a member to purchase supplies for her shop and expand the shop.


Salom Group's story

To a child’s ear “mother” is magic in any language, says young and hard-working Agui. She lives with her father and sister only. She also shares how much she misses her mother, who left them for her heavenly abode when they were young.

She runs a pan-dukan on the village roadside. She is pictured with her hand raised and she is the featured borrower member for Salom Group. The group comprises 14 members and they are cooperative and supportive of each member with respect to financial stability and moral ground. They live in a village that is about 35 kms away from the capital town of Manipur.

Agui runs the shop on the main road lane of the village. The shop was built by her father and his friend three years back. She sells pan, tobacco nuts, tobacco leaves, cigarettes, local cigarettes, sachet shampoo, sweets, candies, detergent soap, detergent powder, etc. She says, village farmers usually stop at her shop to buy pan and cigarettes to take them to their field, and while returning from the fields they stop again for pan and cigarettes. Agui shares that villagers love chewing pan and smoking cigarettes as it is affordable for all.

She wants a loan from Kiva to get more stock for her shop. The present income is insufficient to get abundant supplies as she also shares family financial problems. Therefore she is planning to get more supplies like bathing soap and more pan items like tobacco nuts and leaves. She has plans to expand her pan shop into a grocery shop in the future. The lack of a big grocery shop in the village creates lots of hassles for the villagers as they had to travel to the main town market for grocery items. She is happy that her plans will be fulfilled and thanks Kiva and WSDS for the support.

The rest of the group members are engaged in running tea-stalls, selling chives, weaving and farming.

In this group: Achuiliu, Khangamlu, Charinlu, Percy, Jangamliu, Guangthuilu, Ajailiu, Apanliu, Dihni, Aguilu, Asina, Agui, Athai, Chamlangliu
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