A loan of $3,375 helped a member to purchase more chicks to raise.


Simnu Group's story

Simnu Group is formed by 14 women members living in the same village in Manipur, one of the northeastern states in India. The village is about 45 kms from main capital town of Manipur.

Chungyang, 45, is pictured with raised hand, and she is the featured borrower for the group. The group members are engaged in different income generating activity and they are all hardworking.

Chicken has been the only option for generating income for Chungyang. She had only a primary education that does not allow her to get a good governmental job. She stays at home and besides raising the chickens she manages the household affairs as her sons are not at home and her husband works on the farm. She takes keen interest in her chickens and also generates good income. She usually gets the chicken feeds from the main market and usually buys them in stocks.

With the help of the KIva loan, she will purchase more chicks and raise them. Selling chicken is not a very difficult task. Buyers from the main market come down to the village where Chungyang lives and purchase them in large numbers. Demand is high and supply is insufficient because she could not raise large numbers.

She wishes to build a larger coop for expansion of her chicken business. She says, "Thank you so much, Kiva, for giving me this opportunity to purchase chicks.” She says that she never dreamt that distant friends from the other side of the world would help her someday. She will also repay the loan on time and will work very hard to become the most successful poultry farmer.

The rest of the group members are also engaged in piggery and weaving.

In this group: Chungyang, Hethiem, Sorcham, Ringoi, Tonisa, Ngirning, Khelsoring, L Hoiring, R Chongtin, S Kipsin, Tingen, S Chongbong, Domzoukim, Sorsin



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