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Chanura Microfinance 13

  • Milaap
  • Local partner investment
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  • With a loan of EUR 23,900 around 88 woman will be able to invest in their respective weaving enterprises.

    24 months
    6 months
    Maturity24 months
    Repayments6 months
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      Manipur is one of the ‘seven sisters’ in the Northeastern region of India. The state is breathtakingly beautiful but happens to be one of the most impoverished states in the country. The region has had a very volatile history and continues to be fraught with problems relating to the insurgency.

      Against this backdrop, Manipur houses several underserved communities- the majority of which have tribal ancestry. The area lacks even basic infrastructure in some places. Although it is home to more than 33 different ethnic groups, there is a perpetual breakdown of law and order. As social peace is not assured in this volatile region, Manipur finds it difficult to attract investment in the region due to rapidly rising ethnic violence. However, with abundant natural resources like lush hills and plenty of rivers, the state holds much promise in traditional cottage industries and tiny village based units that are critical to provide employment. 

      Weaving is the biggest industry in Manipur. One of the most special features of this sector is that Manipuri weaving is entirely the work of women. It is considered a part of their domestic duties. They make a remarkable contribution to this sector. There are unique embroidery and weaving styles such as  Moiraingphee, Leirum, Lasingphee, and Phanek. Chanura has recognized the importance and influence of women workforce who have the skills for this beautiful art of intricate designing. Presently, about 35% of the total clients of Chanura are weavers. This craft is so rich, that it takes time and dedication to preserve it. Nearly one in four households are headed by women today- with weaving being the primary source of income for them.

      Currently, 88 women from Imphal West in Manipur are seeking a loan to invest in their respective weaving enterprises. Through this loan, they will be able to purchase raw materials such as threads, buttons and upgrade/repair their weaving looms.

      Local partner Milaap provides the loan, which has to be paid back in 24 months.

      Company nameChanura Microfinance 13
      CEOPK Khuman
      SectorFinancial services


      Milaap is the largest crowdfunding platform in India, enabling stories of hope, courage, and change. They provide credit services to the poor and excluded to help them to work themselves out of poverty.

      Milaap partners with a range of credit-worthy field partners who hold a strong social mission. They grant loans for energy projects, water access, artisan supply chains, and more, mostly in rural areas. Many of their projects empower women entrepreneurs, mainly providing working capital to women with a weaving enterprise, small shops, or handicrafts.


      SDG’s impacted

      With this project you are contributing to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

      SDG 1. No poverty

      SDG 3. Good health and well-being

      SDG 5. Gender equality

      SDG 6. Clean water and sanitation

      SDG 8. Decent work and economic growth

      SDG 10. Reduced inequalities

      Read more about the impact you can make through our platform and the SDGs on our impact page.


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      • With this investment 4 jobs are created
      • With this investment 400 lives are improved

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