Nine Warangal Women Successfully Set Up Jute Product Manufacturing, Sewing and Embroidery Unit – The New Indian Express
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WARANGAL: A simple but ambitious idea, encouragement from the right people and a lot of hard work, a group of nine women set up a jute product manufacturing, sewing and embroidery unit.
From humble beginnings, women are now looking to grow the business in leaps and bounds.
Janani Jute Bag Kuteer Manufacturer Unit is a successful initiative led by the collective efforts of women from Redlawada village of Nekkonda mandal in Warangal district, as part of a self-help group (SHG), under the Grama program Sangam.
The women were trained by the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), which also trained them in marketing techniques. They opened the unit in 2019, after which they received good responses from the public for their jute products, cotton bags and embroidery products.
“We did not expect that in such a short period of time the unit would receive a good response from the public,” said G Rajitha, one of the nine women. They had submitted a proposal requesting a loan of 1 lakh to the District Rural Development Organization (DRDO) of the Grama Sangam program to set up the unit, after which they received encouragement from the officials concerned and the loan was sanctioned. Using the proceeds, they bought sewing machines and other necessary materials.
The women also invested 10,000 each for the development of the unit. The unit receives orders for bags from traders and local companies. The raw material is purchased in Hyderabad, from which they prepare jute and fabric bags and then market them. “Each of us earns between 7,000 and 8,000 each month. We urged the state government to support more women’s groups like ours to empower women, ”Rajitha said.
The group also relies on the environmental aspect to manage its activity. P Sri Latha, another SHG member, called on district administration officials to take strict action and implement the ban on the use of plastic bags by traders. “It would help encourage the use of jute and fabric bags. As a result, groups like ours will get more orders and more business, ”she said.