Turmeric cultivation helped her become an entrepreneur
Success came due to the spirit of never giving up
A woman hailing from Kadi village in Arunachal Pradesh has set an example of success with her hard work and dedication, which has inspired many other women to move forward. After the husband’s departure at an early age, a mountain of difficulties arose in front of Poken Bomjen. But she did not lose courage and is now taking care of her family by becoming financially and socially self-sufficient by cultivating turmeric.
Poken Bomjen from Arunachal was married at the age of 15. Her husband was a head constable in the Sashastra Seema Bal, SSB. While returning from his job in 2009, he suddenly went missing. They didn’t know anything about him. After that, the responsibility of children and family fell on Poken.
She did not lose courage even in difficult situations and in 2017 she joined a self-help group to run the family. She also inspired other women of the village to be a part of Self Help Groups. She became an internal community resource person under the Arunachal State Rural Livelihoods Mission (ArSRLM). She started earning good income from turmeric cultivation and processing business.
Started turmeric cultivation after reading the article
Poken Bomjen is fond of reading. Poken started cultivating turmeric after reading an article in the magazine about the benefits of turmeric. She did not have much land for commercial cultivation, so she started growing turmeric in a small part of his garden.
Turmeric is processed, gives machine on rent
Seeing the hard work and dedication of Poken Bomjen, his brother gave him half an acre of land as a gift. Then she increased her area under turmeric cultivation. Then she took a loan of Rs.32,000 from a self-help group. From this she bought a turmeric grinding machine. Now she is not only earning from processed turmeric but also earning extra income by renting turmeric grinding machine.
Poken Bomjen is also making women aware about the Widow Pension Scheme. Helping to take advantage of this scheme. Poken Bomjen is a well-known name in the internal community resource person. His role in organizing the group and bringing it under the ambit of DAY-NRLM has been remarkable.
Along with being the main spice of our country, turmeric is full of medicinal properties. That’s why there is a lot of demand for it. But the farmers do not earn well by selling dry turmeric. So it is excavated, dried and stored. Also, making and selling turmeric powder gives good income. Turmeric crop is ready in 7 to 10 months.
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