A loan of $1,725 helped a member to purchase more supplies for weaving like yarn, threads and silk.


Women Unity Group's story

Inaocha belongs to the Women Unity Group and she is the featured profile member with her hand raised in the photo. Inaocha and her six friends from the same neighborhood joined hands together and formed the group. They live in a village that is about 35 km from the capital town of Manipur, which is also one of the northeastern states in India. Inaocha’s husband drives public transit vehicles and earns a monthly income. Inaocha weaves and her main source of income is weaving. Inaocha used to use her small savings to pay for the security deposits as the yarn retailer would ask for security deposits. In order to get abundant supplies of woven products, Inaocha hires weavers and tailors and supplies them with the requisite materials like yarn and cloth materials. Inaocha pays them their weaving charge once they are ready. She collects the woven products and takes them to the market place to sell. Her woven collection consists of bedcovers, pillow covers, mosquito net, blanket covers, wrap around skirts and women's shawls. With the KIVA loan, Inaocha is planning to hire more weavers and tailors who can’t get their own loom or sewing machines. She is also interested in getting a new loom for the hired weavers to use. She will grant them their wages and supply them with the required materials, as she will be able to meet the demands the retailer have asked for. They are looking forward to KIVA for the support and believe that it will enhance their merchandise She will continue her business and aspires to become one of the largest producers of woven clothes and tailored clothes in the respective area. The rest of the group members are also engaged in embroidery work and weaving.

In this group: Memtombi, Kamala, Inaocha, Tombimacha, Sakhitombi, Nonibala, Thambal
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