A loan of $1,025 helped a member to buy a 45-watt mini solar home lighting system to install in her chemist's shop to stay open for longer hours.

Rose Group's story

Kimsy owns a drug store in the village, which is about 2 ½ km away from the town market. The town is about 40 kms from the city, capital of Manipur, which is one of the northeastern states of India. Kimsy belongs to "Rose" group and she is the featured borrower for the group. She is pictured with her hand raised. Kimsy is married and blessed with one child.

Her husband is a farmer and during off seasons, he helps Kimsy run errands for the drug store. Kimsy has been running a drug shop for more than a couple of years in the village where she resides. She usually gets the drugs from the main city wholesalers and sells them in the village with a little profit. Her purpose for running the drug store is to facilitate the villagers with first aid supplies and also to earn an income. Having not access to hospitals and clinics in the village, villagers are ensured of buying the essential drugs that she stocks in the shop. The Primary Health Center in the village is defunct due to irregular attendance of the staff. The villagers and neighboring villagers ask for first aid supplies in Kimsy’s drug store before they visit hospitals in the main capital city, Imphal.

Since her drug store serves customers till late hours she wants to install solar to provide better lighting and to extend her working hours. The power supply is very irregular and frequent load shedding prevails in the village. She has to use other alternative lighting devices to light up her shop which means she has to spend an extra amount from the income she gets. Therefore, Kimsy believes that owning a solar lighting system will help her in reducing the expenditures and at the same time make her work more comfortable and easier at night.

The presence of Kimsy’s drug store has been a relieving factor for the villagers. They can now purchase any first aid kits, antibiotic, cough syrup, etc. which are available at her shop, and that saves the villagers the fares spent going to the town market. The rest of the group members too needed solar systems for their respective income-generating activities and for household use.Their activities are a variety store, vegetable vending and weaving, etc..

In this group: Lamlhing, Kimsy, Lhingkim, Hattinneng, Nemkhohat

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