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Ataobung Group
In this Group: Gomti, Khundrakpam, Khundrakpam, Moirangthem, Moirangthem
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.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is part of WSDS' effort to promote solar energy and make it affordable for low-income households. It will be used to purchase a solar home lighting system and targets some of the most rural and remote parts of northeast India. These villages either do not have electricity at all or lack reliable electricity. By funding this loan, you are helping to provide lighting to households while also promoting green energy products and helping individuals reduce their energy expenses.

Important note about this loan

Due to Indian government regulations, if you fund this loan, you will not be repaid for at least 3 years. This borrower will likely repay your loan much sooner than that, in which case, the Field Partner may re-loan your funds to help other local borrowers. We want you to be aware of this minimum 3-year waiting period and the associated risks before making a loan to Indian borrowers on Kiva. Learn More >

About WSDS-Initiate
WSDS-Initiate is an inclusive nonprofit that works with women across all tribes and minority communities in Manipur, located in the remote northeast region of India. Most organizations concentrate their work in the plains region of Manipur, but WSDS is among the very few organizations serving women in the isolated hills. Political unrest and frequent economic blockades in the area make it very difficult to provide services, resulting in Manipur having the lowest penetration of financial services in the country.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.


About India

  • $4,000
    Average annual income
  • 95
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    India Loans Fundraising
  • $6,748,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 60.1
    India Rupees (INR) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A portion of Ataobung Group's $1,025 loan helped a member to buy a solar home lighting system to use for weaving after sunset.
0% repaid
Repayment Term
43 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
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