A loan of $1,525 helped a member to buy grocery items and refill the shop.


Rengsai Shg Group's story

In autumn, these ten hard working tribal women formed a group called Rengsai. They live in a small village that is 30 kms away from the city Imphal in the state of Manipur, which is in the northeastern part of India. Thangakim is the member pictured with her hand raised and she is the featured borrower member for the group. She is 30 years old and a mother to a beautiful daughter. Her husband is a laborer who cuts wood and bamboo from the jungle and supplies it in the market. Since her husband’s income could not sustain the family, in order to reduce financial worries, she opened a grocery shop in the village. She keeps commodity products like edible oil, soap, detergent, salt, potatoes, etc. in her shop. When she gets the loan from WSDS, she plans to expand her shop and refill it so that she will have sufficient stocks to provide her customers' needs even during economic blockades. Besides her low-budget business, Thangakim and the other group members are engaged in seasonal farming like planting bananas, ginger, onions and vegetables.

In this group: Thangakim , Rongsonkip, Neitinhoi, Thangmuen, Ringneioi, Merabong, Khoneichong, K.r.sem, Wonkhokim, Songneikip
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