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‘Uplifting Women Street Vendors Program’ held at Rüzaphema Village

Nagaland News

Dimapur, March 21: The Entrepreneurs Associates (tEA), hosted its flagship program, “Uplifting Women Street Vendors Program (UWSVP),” at Rüzaphema Village on March 21 at the Village Council Hall, with 100 enthusiastic attendees. The program was moderated by Kewetshu-u Ritse, Community Associate of tEA, Dimapur Branch.
The event commenced with an invocation by Neichüvono Savino; Rüzaphema Women President. tEA Project Associate; Lenu Neikha presented a brief introduction on tEA’s mission and values, along with the foundation of UWSVP, followed by Azonuo Chietsü; Community Associate, tEA, who briefed the gathering on the various services provided and facilitated by tEA.
There was also a brief session on the introduction of Farmers Producer Organization (FPO), a crucial aspect of tEA in building resilient farming communities, across the North East Region.
It may be mentioned that tEA has also been working with the farmers in the village since the pandemic, by providing Zero Interest loans and facilitation of support for piggery.
Post the program, Neichüvono Savino commented, “I am grateful to tEA for providing us with knowledge on market linkages, zero interest loans, and FPOs as we have many farmers who cultivate different types of crops in the area but have no clue on how or where to sell our products.”
Savino eagerly anticipates the upcoming skills training programs, particularly for the benefit of the many young women in the village aspiring to establish small businesses. She believes that these programs will empower them to earn additional income, with tEA playing a pivotal role in facilitating streamlined marketing linkages.
The Uplifting Women Street Vendors Program is a flagship program of The Entrepreneurs Associates, launched in October 2017 to empower women involved in the network of marketing farm produce. The program is unique to tEA and one of a kind in the entire NER India. It engages with women street vendors, producers who also sell their yields, and aggregators who link rural products with the urban markets.
Till date, tEA, in collaboration with Capri Loans, has trained and worked with over 7000 women street vendors in Nagaland, Manipur, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh with plans to branch out to other neighboring states in the upcoming days. Under the program, tEA has been providing training on financial & business management, skills training, health and legal services, mentorship and linkages to markets and Zero Interest Loans.
(Page News Service)

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