Kohima, October 21: Continuing its initiatives to uplift and empower women street vendors, Entrepreneurs Associates (EA) today held a felicitation and mentoring programme for them at Red Cross Conference Hall, in Kohima.
On the occasion, EA with a view to encourage saving habit from the street vendors, extended bonus of Rs 2000 to 58 women street vendors on attaining their saving target of Rs 10,000.
Advisor of EA, Neikule Doulo said such achievement shows they are bearing fruit.
She recalled that while starting the initiative of saving culture among them, majority of the street vendors did not have long term savings neither were they able to make financial progress in life. But, she said since October 2017, the programme has covered around 1660 street vendors from across the state.
Speaking further of their importance, she said the rural economy is fuelled because of them, as they are doing business with rural farmers. In fact, every single penny that they earn trickles back to the rural people, Doulo added.
Presently, EA is looking into two major issues faced by the street vendors on a daily basis – expenditure incurred on toilet use and transportation cost, she said, adding that taking these issues into consideration, EA is working on to reduce the cost.
Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB) Chairperson Bano Chishi suggested to set-up of street vendors’ organization in their respective region. She felt that forming such organisation will help solve their issues at various levels. Further, Chishi asked them to have self-confidence, grab training opportunities, and extend their knowledge.
Assistant State Coordinator, NSSWB R Juliana Medom enlightened street vendors with schemes and projects under NSSWB while also highlighting schemes like Ujjawala, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, one-stop centre, CM Helpline 181, crèche system etc.
EA’s produced short movie titled “racing against the sun” was screened during the programme. The story is about how street vendors travel 134 km by night from Pfütsero to Dimapur, to sell their vegetables.
(Page News Service)