A loan of $1,025 helped a member to buy a mini solar home lighting system to light up her poultry at night.

K.songlung Group's story

K.Songlung is the name of the group, and Phakhochong is the featured profile member, pictured with her hand raised.

Phakhochong and her family reside in a hilly region of Manipur in the northeastern states of India. She is married and blessed with three children. The eldest daughter is in beginner class, whereas the younger ones haven’t started schooling. Her husband is a cultivator by profession, and his income is unreliable and undependable. Therefore, the family’s sustainable resource is very scant.

Phakhochong wanted to engage herself in any income-generating business. However, since her kids are still young, they need extra care, and she could not neglect them. For the fulfillment of the required family expenditures, Phakhochong rears some chickens in her home yard. Her husband used to take the fully grown chickens to the market and sell them for more profit. Sometimes the villagers come and buy them from her house, too.

She wanted to raise more chickens and expand the poultry. However, the light irregularity in the village is a hindrance to her small-income business. During the rainy season, the power supply is very poor in the village; hence, the chickens used to die due to insufficient heat supply inside the coop.

Phakhochong wanted to avail a Kiva solar loan, with which she can buy a 45-watt mini solar home lighting system to light up the poultry at night and also to keep the chickens warm during the rainy season. Since it can light up 4 light bulbs for 12 hours a day and has a 90-meters-long wire, it can be installed in any four adjacent rooms as per the user’s convenience.

With the little profit she gets, Phakhoneng will use the money to manage her family’s expenses. She also wanted to save a little amount from the income for her children for their future use.

Likewise, the rest of the members, too, want to avail a solar loan for their own respective income-generating business activities, such as a grocery store, vegetable vending, and also for their children so that they will be able to study in the evening by the light of these solar systems.

In this group: Phakhochong, Nemjalhing, Tinneilam, Neisi, Lhingchong
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