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Leading the Way for Women Empowerment

The story of a woman tea farmer’s entrepreneurial journey that encouraged other women in her villageto seek economic freedom.

Indrani Goswami, from Phillobari village of Assam’s Tinsukia district, had learnt everything she knew about tea farming from her father-in-law, Purnadev Goswami. In 2011, when he passed away after a prolonged battle against cancer, she was devastated. Instead of dwelling upon her misery she chose to honour him by contributing to their tea garden.

“After my father-in-law, my husband was running our tea plantation. I wanted to support him and subsequently started learning more about the business,”

she says, upon being asked about her motivation. The tea production business is simultaneously rewarding and challenging especially for small growers. Some guidance about good agricultural practices (GAP) and market linkages is necessary for these small growers to make tea a sustainable and profitable business.

Becoming an Entrepreneur
In 2016 Indrani decided to make her tea garden completely organic. “After learning that green tea and organic tea are rich in antioxidants that can prevent cancer, I was motivated to convert our tea garden to an organic enterprise,” said the 36 year old. She admits to have greatly benefitted from the service of TRINITEA. “The experts at TRINITEA guided me about ways to reach better market links and also help me understand the good agricultural practices
(GAP) that have helped in sustaining the livelihood of my family.” Today, she he has access to online markets and her income has increased overall. Her venture in organic farming has motivated many farmers to adopt the same. Her efforts have inspired many others to approach tea cultivation in a sustainable way.

Upholding the Cause of Women Empowerment –
Her experience of transforming her garden, and economically contributing to her family made her realise the importance of economic growth in women. To support the women in her locality to become self-dependant, Indrani started her own weaving centre in 2019. She is also associated with a skill development center for textile handloom.

“Inspired by my role as a woman entrepreneur, a number of women in Phillobari area are coming forward for their self economic growth,” she says. Her initiatives are inspiring other women to take risks, learn new skills and contribute to the family.

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