A loan of $1,450 helped a member to buy a 45-watt solar light to install in her pan shop so she can stay open for longer hours at night.


T.khonom Group's story

Lhingkhohoi lives in New Keithelmanbi in Manipur, India, with her husband, two daughters and a son. She is the featured profile member of T.Khonom, and is pictured with a raised hand. Her husband works at a stone quarry near the village riverbank. Seasonally, he makes charcoal and sells it in the market, too.

To manage the household expenses and children’s school expenditures with just the meager income of her husband is a great concern for Lhingkhohoi and her husband. The living expenses and the children’s educational expenses, such as the school van monthly fare and tuition fees, are increasing, whereas the income of the family is still stagnant.

Therefore, in order to supplement the household income, Lhingkhohoi and her group members took an initiative to uplift their economic and financial status by accessing loans.

Lhingkhohoi opened a pan shop near her house. Since the shop is near a national highway, it attracts lots of customers. She used to earn 1,000 INR per day, but due to irregular power supply in the village, she could not continue her business smoothly after sunset. Therefore, she wanted to avail a 45-watt mini solar home lighting system loan as a backup to light up her pan shop to run the business until late hours. Lhingkhohoi shares that working without proper lighting makes her slow down her work, and attending customers in improper lighting is very inconvenient. She believes that by installing this solar light, her business will improve, and at the same time, make her tasks easier to complete.

The rest of the team members also need mini solar lights for their respective income-generating activities. The other members are into vegetable cultivation, pan shop and weaving activities.

In this group: Nemkhohat, Tinneikim, Nengjalam, Kimneichong, Nemchin, Lhingkhohoi, Vahkhohat



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