Dimapur, August 5: Entrepreneurs Associates (EA) under its flagship program ‘Uplifting Women Street Vendors’ organized a workshop on ‘Livelihood Enhancement and Capacity Building’ at the Red Cross Building with its partners SIDBI and Capri Foundation for street vendors from across Kohima.
With the pandemic changing the way business is conducted even by the street vendors, the training aimed to address issues relevant to the vendors during this challenging pandemic situation.
Speaking at the inaugural function of the program, Albert Gangte, Branch-in-charge, SIDBI Dimapur, spoke on the need for the vendors to move with the changing times. Emphasizing on the role of entrepreneurs and MSME for the state economy, Albert stressed on the need for traders and vendors to maintain credit score for easier loans.
Acknowledging the vendors for the role that they play in servicing the rural economy, the SIDBI official encouraged the women to be innovative and continue learning new skills for their personal progress.
Pranjal Bharali, Assistant Manager, SBI, Kohima elaborated on the PM SVANidhi scheme and benefits for vendors under this program. The banker also encouraged the women to learn about digital payment options to enhance their work, a need further felt due to the pandemic. He educated them on the process involved in banking and the benefits of the yono app which is easily operable.
With many street vendors fearing to get vaccinated for COVID 19 due to fears and rumours, Dr Wemeri Khutsoh, Sr Specialist, District Hospital, Phek dispelled a lot of myths about COVID19 to educate the vendors. Speaking on the need to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones, he highlighted on the importance of the vaccine and its efficacy.
Giving a brief history of the disease from its origin in Wuhan, he compared the disease to a severe kind of pneumonia, once affected. Stating that 99% of those who died due to the virus were not vaccinated, he told the street vendors to carry hot water in a flask to work and practice steam inhalation every night after returning; since they cannot wash their hands regularly at their work stations.
Stressing on the importance of savings which is one of the main subjects of EA’s trainings for street vendors, EA’s CEO, Neichute Doulo spoke on the importance of setting long term goals and saving to ensure a better future for themselves and their families.
The gathering also paid homage to one of the street vendors who lost her husband during the pandemic.
The working session included a short introduction on Micro-ATMs by Huka Sumi, Project Associate, EA. A talk on the need for vendors to provide better Customer Service and conduct their businesses ethically was delivered by Susan Angami, Soft Skill Trainer. The program was chaired by Chubazen Longkumer, Project Associate, EA who also provided a brief history of the Vendors Project which began in Oct 2017. Ethel Shitio, Women Leader of the Kohima Lotha Baptist Church prayed for the women and blessed their work.
EA’s ‘Uplifting Women Street Vendors program’ which began in 2017 has so far trained 3000 women street vendors across Nagaland and 500 women have also received 2000 rupees as bonus for saving more than 10,000 rupees, a drive initiated to encourage long-term saving among the women vendors.
(Page News Service)