Women-run market breaks stereotypes in India

This Indian market is run entirely by women

LOCATION: Manipur, India

About 5,000 female vendors run the stalls at the ‘Nupi Keithel’ market

making it the only one of its kind in all of Asia

(SOUNDBITE) (Manipuri) WOMEN VENDOR, MEMMA, SAYING:"This market, 'Nupi Keithel' marks the importance of women in our society. The market is mostly run by women. Women work and take care of their families. The men in most of the families are not working."

The market dates back to the 16th century

Historians say the Manipuri men were mostly engaged

in fighting wars with the Chinese and Burmese

Women shouldered the responsibility of supporting their families

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