Morigaon: The central and state governments periodically announce several schemes meant to uplift the poorest and the most vulnerable. However, most schemes tend to get lost amid red tape and lack of information among the potential beneficiaries. But that is not the case in Morigaon district of Assam, about 100 km from Guwahati. In June 2019, the women from this district decided to start an organisation calle ‘Yangli, which means goddess ‘Lakshmi’ in Tiwa language, with the sole aim of supporting the indigenous women farmers of the districts and neighbouring areas.
“Women are the backbone of the family and bedrock of the nation. Empowering women means empowering a family as well as a nation,” Janmoni Mahanta, President of Yangli foundation, says while talking to EastMojo.
Mahanta says they got the idea in 2019 when officials of the Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi (RGVN) informed them of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022-2023.
Mahanta further adds, “The tribal women are tremendously hardworking. But due to a lack of proper guidance, they were unable to do anything of their own. Our first step was to let them know about the richness and demands of our indigenous products in the outside market and encouraging them to produce it.”
Women associated with Yangli have been trained by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) from the Department of Agriculture, Government of Assam, on various innovative and new-age techniques, including organic farming.
After witnessing great results in May 2021, Yangli turned into a Farmer Producer Company (FPC), providing a platform to the women farmers for selling and exporting their products. The FPC formation became the turning point for Yangli, as the organisation’s turnover touched almost Rs 30 lakh.
“Most women are now earning around Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh (annually) by selling products, making them self-sufficient,” Mahanta informs.
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