A loan of $1,250 helped a member to purchase materials like quality rice, a bigger pot and firewood for brewing wine.

Sonreipanrian Group's story

Being widowed at young age and left with four daughters to feed, clothe and provide all the basic things is difficult, says Buanthaolu.

She brews local wine and sells it to feed her children. She is the featured borrower for the group with her hand raised. They are five members in total. They call themselves Sonreipanrian Group. They live in a village that is close to one of the national highways and it is about 35 kms distant from the capital town of Manipur. It is one of the northeastern states in India.

Buanthaolu belongs to a tribal community, and their tradition and culture oblige them to brew wine. This wine is used in their rituals and other festivals in their community. She uses this means to generate income for the family and make a livelihood for them. Lack of higher education compels her to make a living by manual work, and Buanthaolu says there is no excuse for sickness because her four daughters are still young and cannot assist their mother in her brewing wine business.

She usually purchases the materials like yeast, rice and other necessary requirements in stocks and brews wine. Her brewed wine is known in the entire neighbouring village and she has numerous customers. During festive seasons the demand is high and business is at its peak. She also supplies to the neighbouring villages and also sells the wine at home. She runs the business on her own as her children are still in school and she does not want to disturb them.

With the Kiva loan, she wants to purchase quality rice and bigger pots for brewing wine. She can then sell it at higher value because quality rice wine is valued and more expensive than the regular local wine. Until the children can find a way to replace their mother's brewing business, she has to continue because they don’t have any other choice. She wishes to continue her brewing business and also plans to expand it.

She says thank you so much, Kiva, for your generosity and assistance. She wishes to continue building the relationship with Kiva and also assures that she will repay the loan on time and will also work with her heart and soul.

Likewise, the rest of the group members are also engaged in brewing local wine.

In this group: Buanthaolu, Ahiamei, Agui, Lubi, Athaomei

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