A loan of $1,025 helped a member to buy a solar home lighting system to use for weaving after sunset.


Ataobung Group's story

As solar lighting is getting popular day-by-day, the use of solar lights is becoming common in households. As the electricity rates are going up rapidly now, the use of solar is getting popular. This group of five women from Imphal East wanted to take a solar loan for their income-generating activities and for their household use.

Gomti is the featured profile member of Ataobung group, pictured with her hand raised. She is 38 years old and lives with her three children and husband in Imphal East. She is a weaver by profession and her husband is a government employee. This will be Gomti’s second loan from Kiva. With the first loan she took, she bought yarn and other necessary items for weaving. With the second loan, she wants to buy a 45-watt solar system that comes with a 90-meter-long wire and four bulbs. Since solar home lighting systems are generally excellent options to give in-house illumination in the rural areas and un-electrified villages, she wants to install one in her home so that she can weave and her children can study comfortably under the solar light after sunset. Likewise, the rest of the group members need solar home lighting systems to light up their homes and for their income-generating activities.

In this group: Gomti, Khundrakpam, Khundrakpam, Moirangthem, Moirangthem



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