A loan of $1,200 helped a member to purchase stock of yarn and silk thread to weave more woven products, sell them, and generate more income for the family.


Meira Paibi Group's story

Forty-one-year-old Medha is a weaver, and she is also the featured profile member for the group. She is pictured with her raised hand in the group picture. The literal meaning of “Meira Paibi” is “torch holder” and signifies the group as strong female torch holders. Medha’s husband serves as a government teacher in a government school, but she is determined to be financially independent and support the family by weaving all traditional wraparound skirts and others. Like-minded women folk from the same village joined hands and formed the group. They stood as one and support one another in times of need. The village is located about 35 kms from the main capital town of Manipur, and it is one of the northeastern states in India. Medha usually purchases yarn, thread and silk thread from the main market, and weaves. She uses a loom for weaving, as it is more productive and profitable. She supplies in bulk to the women’s market in the main market and gets paid. The demand is high during the wedding season, which generally falls in the month of March until July, and that is the peak season for her weaving business. With the Kiva loan, she will purchase more stock of yarn in different colours, silk thread and weave. She has plans to make a good sale before the peak season starts. Grateful and thankful towards Kiva and WSDS, she says, “Thank you so much, Kiva”. Her dream is to build a concrete house after managing savings together with her husband. She believes that her business will also expand and will improve her income. The rest of the group members are engaged in selling vegetables, weaving, and tailoring.

In this group: Medha, Balasan, Sunibala, Sundari, Mary
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