A loan of $1,250 helped a member to purchase supplies for the shop, sell them and earn more income.

Sharon Group's story

“I realized it is not the time that heals, but the things that we do within that time that create positive change.”

The sudden death of her husband shocked Hellut and left her with an infant to take care of on her own and no means to survive. She returned home with her child and took shelter at her parents' home. Neighbouring friends asked her to join the group to give her a purpose and she started selling vegetables with her previous loan. Gradually, she started earning more, and now she runs a variety shop.

The shop is located at the centre point of the public transport parking lot in the village. Hard-working Hellut sells bathing soap, detergent soap, detergent powder, tobacco leaves, tobacco nuts, sweets, candies, chips, small-sized packet juice, etc. Her main source of income is the shop, so she gives her heart and soul to make this a successful business for her. She generally gets the supplies from the main market and sells them in the village at a little higher rate. Passengers waiting at the parking lot buy from her shop as it is easily accessible and that is again profitable for her business.

With the Kiva loan, she will purchase more supplies for the shop and could sell them during strikes and bandhs (protests). She says the place where they live is prone to curfews and economic blockades wherein supplies to sell are short. She is happy that Kiva could be of help in this situation and make her believe in herself once more. She says, “Thank you so much, Kiva.”

The rest of the group members are engaged in pineapple-farming, poultry and vegetable-selling businesses.

In this group: Apon, Khupoi, Aning, Achim, Hellut, Sangponing, Sarah, Athei
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