Village Beautician/Wellness Consultant – Addressing Feminine Health & Hygiene issues in Redefining Local conventions of Beauty
Thanuja 32 years, living with her husband and three children is rising as a successful entrepreneur in Thiruchitrambalam koot road, Vanur block. She moved to Tamil Nadu from Andhra Pradesh after her marriage and she started learning Tamil with the help of her family and neighbourhood. Now she speaks Tamil very well. For the past 6 years, she has been associated with AVAG (Auroville Village Action Group) as a member of an SHG (Self Help Group)
She came to know about the “Beautician & Women`s Hygiene” training offered by SEDAB. With the motivation of her husband, she successfully completed the training and immediately started a Beauty Parlor near her home. Her Parlor has been functioning since four months. She can able to earn up to Rs.7000 per month. She gladly said that “My husband recognize my income and respects my profession, which is possible only because of this SEDAB training. I have been trained not only for Beautician but also in laughter yoga, energy healing and personality development”.
Herbal Medicines Production – Reviving Traditional Knowledge to improve rural health
Alamelu- A 30 years, living with her husband and 2 children at Nadukuppam Village of Marakkanam block. Her husband is a farmer. She has been involved in the SHG activities of Pitchandikulam for the past 8 years. During the group meetings, she came to know that there is an opportunity from SEDAB to initiate Herbal Medicine unit at Nadukkuppam.
She utilised this opportunity to become an entrepreneur in the field of Herbal medicine preparation.She actively participated in the training and learnt about the medicinal plants and preparing Herbal medicine & Cosmetics. Now she is able to prepare 18 herbal medicines for major human illness. Currently she has been involved both in the production and marketing section. She states that “There is greater acknowledgement from my family and village on my business. I spend my income for paying interest on my pledged jewels and also the continous support and solidarity from SEDAB, motivate us to concentrate more into the business “
Eco Friendly bag production: Empowerment through Employment
“I am Thenmozhi; I am from Morattandi village of Vanur block in Villupuram. I am living with my happy family along with my younger brother family. Though my both legs can`t function due to Polio, my enthuse towards being an entrepreneur started when my family started supporting me “She passed 12 standards in her academic carrier and with support of colleagues she joined in a Self Help Group. Nevertheless she has been a role model in her group to fulfill the task allocated to her being in a group.
The day when she heard about SEDAB project, not only she but also the whole family is back of her to support at the max. Today she is in line in producing cloth bags in equivalent to others. His father transport her with his shoulders to handover her stitched products. May be her income is low but still she has pride being living with her lovely family.
Herbal Medicine Production
Our knowledge and skills are highly bonding with wealthy health of the people
Selvi, 32 years from Vandipaalayam an active member in the Amirtha Herbal unit, recently awarded as “Best Performer in the group”. Her husband Mr.Poobalan works on a daily wage and living with her two lovely children. Before marriage she worked in a sales shop for 10 years, her previous knowledge in sales and management is now giving hand to become an entrepreneur. She talks about various sales strategies in terms of dealing with customers, smiling face, bargaining strategy while dealing with different kinds of people etc… She proudly said that ‘’our Herbal medicine business is exclusively bonded with healing illness of the people”.
When customers bargaining on medicines, she gives detail about its valuable ingredients and their healing power. She says “Even though initially we struggled to reach our medicine into the rural people, now slowly we are recognized and been appreciated by our customers”.
She never bothered when a customer doesn’t buy her medicines, but she used to suggest them the benefit of herbs used in the medicine and her request at their door step to make use. Periodically she meets her customer enquiring about their level of illness. She is in not only an entrepreneur but also a well-wisher to the community she lives in.