Ima Keithel or Mother’s Market at Khwairamband Bazar, a market in the state capital Imphal of Manipur, is the only market in the world where all the stalls are run by women. Around 3500 women run their business in this market.
In Manipuri, “Ima” means mother and “Keithel” means market. This significant market is more than 100 years old.
One of the most unique places in the world, Ima Keithel is a pure sign of women’s equality and independence. Not a single man is found selling anything here. From vegetables to fish, fruits to utensils, clothes to handicrafts and other local products, you will find only women vendors.
Irrespective of communities and religion, any woman can set up a store here. It offers one of the city’s unique travel experiences.