Ramthari smiling with her daughter and her grandson
I wasn’t able to meet the group leader Ramdinsangi, but met another group member Ramthari, instead. I met Ramthari at her home in Chandmari West, in Aizawl city. I had gone to her home earlier too, but was unable to meet her because she was in the hospital. This time we called and confirmed if she was at home.
When we met, she explained to me that she took a loan of Rs.15,000 in November last year to invest in her tailoring business. Ramthari stitches women’s clothes, curtains and mosquito nets. She needed the money to buy more material for her business. But unfortunately, during that time her sister fell ill and was diagnosed with cancer. She used all the money for her sisters’ treatment; she also pooled in her other savings to pay her bills. Unfortunately, her sister passed away this year in February. Ramthari says that those four to five months were very distressing for her. Her husband works with the Mizoram government as a clerk in the Aizawl Secretariat. His stable income helped Ramthari pay the Milaap loan installments regularly. Ramthari plans to take more orders for stitching different items so that she can start her business in full swing once again.