Agri-Business: Rural woman went from farm to market, found success
Also working for the development of rural women.
Agri-Business | The financial condition of Taraben Thakor, a resident of the Patan district of Gujarat, could have been better. She didn’t even have a job. Though she knew the value of traditionally adding and processing vegetables and fruits, she never adopted it as a business. Gradually, she started adopting this talent as an agri-business.
She learned about Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) work. She learned that in KVK, women could train in various trades. Then to enhance his talent, he got training on processing and value addition from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Samoda. After this, she visited her husband’s house in Kotra village, Kutch.
Helped in the formation of many Self-Help Groups
Impressed by the work of Taraben Thakor, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, located in Mundra, associated her with them. Krishi Vigyan Kendra prepared him as a master trainer. Taraben Thakor formed several self-help groups and started imparting vocational training to rural women with the help of Krishi Vigyan Kendra.
Many self-help groups he trained have opened their processing units today and are doing good business. Women associated with self-help groups earn around Rs 3300 a month.
Worked for the development of rural women
Despite all this, there needed to be more clarity in meeting the basic needs of the house. She was looking for a job. KVK, Mundra helped him with this. He got a job in the Naliya-based NGO- Shri Vivekananda Research and Training Institute, with a salary of 8 thousand per month. For many years, she worked for the development of rural women by being associated with this NGO.
Quit Job and started Business
Taraben Thakor thought of starting her own business after a few years. Leaving the job, he started marketing his products on a small scale. Started making many fruits, washing powder, incense sticks, etc., products. In this way, she now earns about 12 thousand rupees a month.
Apart from this, she is also training women farmers as a master trainer. She trains farmers and youth on behalf of KVK-Mundra, the District Watershed Development Unit (DWDU), the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Dena Bank and other NGOs in the district.
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