A loan of $3,500 helped a member to buy a 45-watt solar home lighting system.

Kamdou Veng Group's story

Initiated by Niengneiting, with raised hand, Kamdou Veng is a 17-member group. The group belongs to the tribe residing in a small town in the state of Manipur, which is in the northeastern part of India.

Niengneiting is a mother to a son and three daughters. She lives with her parent-in-law and her husband. Her husband, Henminlen, is a passenger auto driver by profession. He drives in and around the town. Two of her children are in beginner’s level and the oldest one in primary level. Her husband earns around 400-500 INR per day. The family's income is very scarce. Her husband’s business could never be of much significance in terms of profit calculation.

As they could not manage the family’s expenditure with just the meager income of her husband Niengneiting took the initiative to generate income by weaving traditional shawls and wrap-around skirts for ladies. Niengneiting said, “I have never had the chance to complete my higher education because my parents were too poor. Thanks to my mother, who taught me how to weave, today I can at least provide food and clothing to my new family through weaving. Every day before I sleep, I pray for my mother’s blessing so that I may weave enough to support my children to complete their higher education.”

She has been weaving using the back strap, which in the long run causes back problems.

For the improvement of her business and her children’s study, Niengneiting wants to avail a loan amounting to 12173 INR for a 45-watt solar light. Niengneiting says many villages where solar lights are installed see an increase in their economic activity levels. Installing solar lights in villages allows businesses to operate during the evening and night time. Therefore she believes that solar electricity will helps promote her enterprise as she can use the system to provide lighting to operate during the evening and night.

Like her, the rest of the group members also need solar home lighting for their respective income-generating activities and household use. Their main activities are weaving, variety shop, grocery store and the like.

In this group: Kimneiching, Nemneilhing, Chinngaihman, Lhaikhoneng, Hatneikim, Maman, Thethem, Niengneiting, Luanngaihman, Chinniang, Mercy Nuomsiemkim, Luankhanniang, Lhaizahat, Noukhanching, Nianzaneiching, Chinghoinuam, Chonglianhoi

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