Manipur woman entrepreneur a ‘torchbearer’ for the youths
The road to success for entrepreneurs is definitely not easy. Young entrepreneurs in the north eastern states are looking keen to keep their states progress not only economically but socially, a message for youngsters who are trying to make a mark and that too without government handouts.
After her post graduation in commerce, Twenty-seven-year-old Nongmaithem Momita who hails from Yaiskul Chingakham Leirak expanded her mother's business and launched 'Mom's Goo Goo Food', a food processing unit in June 2015.
One of Manipur's most promising entrepreneurs is running a food processing unit and employs a staff of five people and plans to further expand the business.
"At first my mom, dad and I were part of this business. My mom would do the cooking and my dad would help in the packaging and then I would sell it to the retailers. Now, we are able to provide employment opportunities to five to six women in our locality and there are many more who are willing to work in my unit but due to lack of funds or some other issues we cannot hire them. However, we will soon employ them and further increase the production," said Momita.
The unit produces items like dry meat with spice, dry meat with bamboo shoot, dry meet shingju and pork meat pickle. These products are also available in the local shops.
"It is very good. Now we have only four items and we are planning to produce more other items. I am earning around 6000- 7000 per month. Before I used to depend on my husband but now I have my own income so I manage my own expenditure and other household requirements," said Chongtham Ongbi Sunita, a staff
"If we produce more products and improve the quality then there is a chance that we can export. The food quality is very good and it's very hygienic. We have not registered any complaint about the product," said Pholendro, a retailer customer.
The Centre's 'Skill India' initiative will motivate more women entrepreneurs from the northeast to start new ventures. It will also help boost the economy and generate more employment opportunities.