A loan of $1,625 helped a member to buy a 45-watt solar home lighting system to light up her shop past sunset to run the business for longer hours.

Chiengkonpang K Group's story

These hardworking tribal women call themselves by the group name “Chiengkonpang K”. They all live in the outskirts of a village in the state of Manipur, which is in the northeastern part of India. They formed the group in 2014, with an aim to generate income for themselves by accessing a loan.

Khuolneiting is one of the eight members of the group and is pictured with a raised hand. She is 51 years old and is a mother to two children. Her two kids are in college. Khuolneiting’s husband is a carpenter by profession. He builds houses and furniture around the area. Her husband’s activity could not be of much significance for supplementing the family income. Therefore, she decided to open a general store to help generate more income for the family. Khuolneiting sells general items such as pan, cigarettes, cereals, lentils, sugar, cold drinks, etc.

With her profits, she wants to expand her store by increasing her inventory. She is happy that she could now help her children in paying their college fees and educational expenses without depending on her husband. Now she manages the daily needs of the family with her income and saves her husband’s daily earnings down to a rupee. She also employs two people to help her in running the store. Khuolneiting, along with her husband, means to provide a good environment and create a sound family atmosphere for the children's education.

Now, she needs a solar loan for her store business. She wishes to install the 45-watt solar home lighting in her general store so that she could extend her business hours for a longer period after sunset. The light irregularity in her locality is a great hurdle for the income-generating people. More customers flock in after dusk to buy their daily essential needs, which means her business is more profitable past sunset.

Likewise, the rest of the group members also need a solar loan for their respective income-generating activities. Weaving, a variety store and a pan shop are some of the activities of the group members.

In this group: Khuolneiting, Kimlalnei, Ngaienching, Niangzahoih, Phalneihchoi, Lalruatkimi, Zuali, Suanching

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