Manipur's All Woman Market, the Ima Keithel is woman empowerment through economic sustenance.This is not an article, it's just a glimpse of these women in Manipur in my country where women through their economic pursuit have become an example of societal strength and inspiration.

Read more on the WIP, the link is given below
http://thewip.net/contributors/2012/10/ima_keithel_a_symbol_of_womens.html

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Dear Kim, You have sensed the real significance of this woman market, colourful and active.These photographs depict the spirit of thse women I guess, my dear.Thanks for the appreciation:)

Hope to hear from you more.

Love Urmila Chanam India

It takes just one to change many

Dear Kim, You have sensed the real significance of this woman market, colourful and active.These photographs depict the spirit of thse women I guess, my dear.Thanks for the appreciation:)

Hope to hear from you more.

Love Urmila Chanam India

It takes just one to change many

Dear Mukut,

I believe every woman has the power to be inspiring for others, the day she sets her heart to pursue her dreams.

Hope to hear more from you.

Love Urmila Chanam

It takes just one to change many

It is so wonderful to read about women who are economic earners and the main pillars of support for their families for many decades. The stories you featured on the individual women in your link adequately demonstrates the power women can wield if given an opportunity to be who they can be. I am especially impressed by their determination not to allow the government to construct a modern supermarket on their current structure. While I have absolutely no bias against modernization and advanced technology, the fact remains that many traditions (in Asia, Africa and elsewhere) have been sacrificed in society's bid to be technologically caught up with the rest of the world. Not all traditional values are bad or backward and it is especially gratifying to see women like those profiled in this article stand up for what they truly believe in and have known for all these centuries. May God bless these women:The Torchbearers, the Sisters of the All Woman Market in Manipur "Ima Keithel"!

BMBracewell

Wow! Your story is inspiring and motivating. I am impressed with your writing and your research. These women (including you) are role models for economic sustenance and sustainability. Keep up the good work!

Hi Urmila,

Thanks so much for sharing this - not only is it a reminder that things have and (hopefully) will continue to get better, but also a lovely glimpse of the lives of the women running the show. Keep up the great writing!

Best,

Gaurav Nakhare WP Listener

Hi Umila,

Ima Keithel is an example of how people together make something happen that never could on one's own. As I read the article and viewed your pictures, I so wanted to be able to hear the sounds, smell the scents, and see the vibrant colors of the market.

The article said that today this new structure is the new face of old Ima Keithel and one of the biggest tourism destinations of Manipur. Though it could happen that a chain market comes in and in effect replaces Ima Keithel, the women vendors will hold within them a vital strength that they will share in all that they do moving forward.

"The market is a society, an institution, a way of life" - wonderful!

Thanks for sharing this very interesting and inspiring.

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