A loan of $1,250 helped a member to purchase quality rice, more stocks of yeast and two bigger pots for brewing wine.


Jiankarumei Group's story

Guangdinglu is pictured with hand raised and she is the featured member for Jiankarumei Group. They are five hardworking tribal women who reside in a village in the state of Manipur and formed the self-help group to support one another. All these women are engaged in income-generating activities to support their families.

Guangdinglu lives with her husband and her two children. Her husband is a cultivator and his income is meagre and unreliable. It fluctuates and depends mostly on the produce and weather conditions. Relevant climate and arrival of monsoon at the right time again enhances the harvest.

Guangdinglu brews local wine to supplement her husband's income and support the family financially. The tumult rice, which is left after brewing wine, is also used as pig feed and that is another means of making money, says Guangdinglu. By selling the regular local wine, one cannot generate sufficient income because it is cheaper. Quality controlled rice wine is in high demand and one can make huge money because it is more tasty and good for health. Business peak season is during the festive season of the tribal community, when the wine is used at different occasions for various purposes. During wedding receptions, house-warming parties, and new baby rituals in the family, local wine is used as sanctified liquor by the elders in traditional practices of the community.

With the assistance of the Kiva loan, Guangdinglu wants to purchase quality rice, more stocks of yeast and two bigger pots for brewing wine that she can sell and support the family. She also dreams of starting a new business in the town market by opening a grocery shop. She is working hard to fulfill her dreams. She will start saving from now onwards and will also repay the loan on time. She says, "Thank you so much, Kiva, for the generosity and unconditional help for the group.”

The rest of the group members are also engaged in brewing local wine and selling it.

In this group: Guangdinglu, Lanchunglu, Jenthaolu, Magang, Luxmi
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