Entrepreneurship – Homemakers to Entrepreneurs
We were simple village women, confined within the boundary of our house and surrounded by daily household chores. Tata Metaliks trained us in tailoring and later during COVID outbreak gave us the work to stitch facemasks. We earned some money that motivated us to become financially independent. We requested for some other work and again TML supported us by imparting training on Straw pillow making. Now our Self Help Group is the only all women registered vendor with TML and supplying straw pillow to the company. TML has changed our lives. From homemakers now we are entrepreneurs.
Arshipari Bibi, Maheshpur village
Founder – Chandani Enterprise
Shital Tarangi, Jhatiband
72 years old man Shital Tarangi belonging to SC community lives with 5 family members in Jhatibandh village. He owns 4 bigha land which was used for cultivating paddy round the year. His son was working as daily labour but due to COVID-19 pandemic lockdown he couldn’t work which led his family to undergo difficult situation to sustain their living. Last year, he dug a new farm pond (35 decimal) under MGNREGA scheme and started fish rearing in the pond and vegetable cultivation around the pond and nearby plot. Total pond and vegetable field is around 2 bigha.
Luckily in 2020 before the pandemic, Shital was selected as a beneficiary of livelihood development project. He had attended training on fish cultivation, pond management, feed preparation and vegetable farming and was supported with 54 kg fingerling. He was also supported with vegetable seeds, pillars for trellis & fencing net for vegetable cultivation. With dedicated effort, he and his son cultivated variety of vegetables in the pond bund & surrounding area. The family’s effort paid off and during the pandemic, Shital earned his family’s livelihood by selling vegetables of Rs 41,680 and could also save Rs. 2000 on household level vegetable consumption expenditure. Now, his fish in the Pond is almost ready for harvest and expected to be sold within next 3 months which would fetch him additional income of about Rs. 25,000. His is also planning is to raise nursery under shed-net and sell vegetable saplings to other farmers.
Income Data till Oct’2020.
Hemchandra Mudi from St community aged about 65 years living with his spouse in Jagannathpur, Kharagpur, Paschim Medinipur. His son separated himself with his own spouse and son. Hemchandra was a driver in an organisation until he was 60. His family runs on his previous savings and other agricultural income. Food security is ensured from those but for other need he have to earn something.
In 2020, he was selected to take up small tank-based livelihood development program as income generation activities supported by Tata Metaliks and NABARD. In March 2020, he started to clean his own pond and prepared by applying line and Mohuakhol for fish farming. In June, 2020 we provide 16 Kg of fingerling which includes 4 variety of fish; Rui, Katla, Big head carp, Grass carp. In July he was trained by resource person on proper fish farming and homemade fish feed preparation. We also encourage him to cultivate vegetables like, Lau, Bins etc on pond bund. Also supported him by giving seed. He also changed 10decimal of barren land into green vegetation cultivating tomato, brinjal, etc. Now besides fish farming he earns ₹2000 from vegetables.
Tapan Maity aged about 38 years living with his family in Jagannathpur in Kolaikunda-4 block, Kharagpur,
Ruma Dolai, Jhatiband
Ruma Dolai is 40 years and lives in village Jhatibandh in Kalaykunda-4 block. After Receiving the Fish, Ducklig, seed and piller and machan Materials support from S.G Foundation and Tata Metaliks She says”
(Boigganik poddhotite mach,sabji abong hans chas sekhano abong amake mach,sabji o hans diye sahajjo korar jonno TATA Metaliks o NABARD abong S.G Foundation k osonkkho dhonnobad janai.)
She lives with his 7 family members. SHe is daily A house wife. Her Husband is daily wage labour. They have only 1.5bigha agricultural lands and a pond(30Decimal) They use to cultivate paddy and also vegetable, They was got very small amount like 10000-15000 per year.
From this income he was not able to fulfil their basic needs.
In this situation we found this farmer and support her by Fish and duck and various agricultural inputs like seed ,cement piller,Machan materials etc also we support technically regarding modern way of cultivation and duck and fish farming .After that She started Duck ,Fish Farming and Vegetable Cultivation and 3 months later, She earned around 20000 .Per month she earned 1500 rupees only from Egg and this months she sold 20kg fish,and the earned 4000 rupees .Now she continue practicing this and they maintain their minimum requirement of food and other household expenses.
Mrityunjay Mudi, Khalkona
Mrityunjay Mudi is 45 years and lives in village Khalkona in Kalaykunda-4 block. After Receiving the Fish ,Ducklig ,seed and machan Materials support from S.G Foundation and Tata Metaliks he says”
( TATA Metaliks o NABARD abong S.G Foundation k osonkkh odhonnobad janai amather tribe community ke ai vabe sahajjer hat bariye deoyar jonno abong unnoto poddhotite mach,sabji o hans chass sekhanor jonno amra khub e kritangga.)
He lives with his 6family members. He is a daily wage labour. They have only 3bigha agricultural lands and a pond(70Decimal) They use to cultivate paddy and also vegetable,They was got very small amount like 10000-15000 per year .From this income he was not able to fulfil their basic needs.
In this situation we found this farmer and support him by Fish and duck and various agricultural inputs like seed ,Machan materials etc also we support technically regarding modern way of cultivation and duck and fish farming .After that he started Duck ,Fish Farming and Vegetable Cultivation and 9 months later, he earned around 49000 .Per month he earned 2000 rupees only from Egg and this months he sold 80kg fish,and the earned 17000 rupees .Now he continue practicing this and they maintain their minimum requirement of food and other household expenses.