Skill Development Initiative – Economy Range Soaps and Aloe Vera Soap

Closing Cermony

Skill Development Initiative – Economy Range Soaps and Aloe Vera Soap

Sponsored by NABARD

15th March 2011 till 11th May 2011

DDM NABARD- Mr. Upal Surin, Anurag Jain, Sangita Sarkar and the trainees with their certificates

Skill Development Initiative Training programs were organized by NEEV for 40 rural women of Hurlung Village between 15th March till 11th May 2011. The two training programs meant to teach village women with production, and packaging of Economy (Mahua) range herbal handmade soaps and aloe vera variety of soaps were sponsored by NABARD. The women are part of 15 SHGs facilitated by NEEV in the villages of Gorhabandha Panchyat.

Mr. Upal Surin, the DDM of NABARD was the chief guest of the function. He distributed the certificates to the women participants.

The Vision behind the Mahua Range Soaps and Aloe Vera Soaps…

This training defines the first step of NEEV towards its dream of producing herbal cosmetics using indigenous herbs of Jharkhand. Since last three years soaps were being prepared using Palm Oil and Coconut oil for base. After this workshop, the palm oil shall be replaced with the locally produced mahua oil. Mahua oil is traditionally used by the tribals of Jharkhand for treating skin diseases and is used as a massage oil for keeping the skin healthy and shiny. Mahua oil is extracted from the seeds of Mahua tree which grows in plenty in Jharkhand and Orissa.

The second training program taught the women the process of manufacturing aloe vera variety of soaps. The backyard of the soap production unit is being used for the cultivation of aloe vera plants. The leaves of the plant are cut and fresh gel from the plant is used to prepare the soap.

The Closing Ceremony for the SDI workshops

DDM NABARD – Mr. Upal Surin lighting the Inaugural Lamp

The program started with the lighting of the traditional lamp and singing of Itni Shakti humein dena data, a prayer that the women had learnt to sing during the workshop. After that, some women demonstrated their skill preparing Aloe Vera Soaps.

Trainee Slitting Aloe Vera Leaf to extract the gel Trainees setting the soap mixture in the mould

Mrs Sangita Sarkar, Trustee and Project Director f NEEV anchored the program. She called upon Anurag to share the vision of NEEV for the herbal project.

Anurag and Shikha addressing the trainees

Mrs. Shikha Jain, Managing Trustee, NEEV gave the background for the training project. In her introductory speech she said that NEEV is really happy that it is being able to prepare soaps using locally available material. The mahua based soap could lay the foundation for the next project of mahua oil extraction unit. Mahua seed collection and extraction of oil presents another livelihood generation opportunity for the rural women and NEEV is keen to start it by next year. She said that NEEV is forever attempting to create opportunities of sustainable livelihood for rural people but it is for the people to make use of the opportunity and grow on the basis of their own hard work and entrepreneurial spirit.

Mr. Anurag Jain said that NEEV plans to formulate and market more products based on locally grown herbs like aloe vera and lemongrass. He said women could cultivate these herbs in their homes and sell them to NEEV for the production of herbal cosmetics. He said that NEEV aims to foster entrepreneurial spirit in all people associated with NEEV. He shared that NEEV will attempt to do value addition to the indigenous herbs and make them marketable.

DDM NABARD, Mr. Upal Surin talking to the trainees; Sangita anchoring the show

Mr. Upal Surin, DDM NABARD, asked the women about what they had learned during the workshop. He asked many soap formulation related questions which they answered confidently. Finally he asked them that if he started his own soap making factory, would they be able to come over and handle the manufacturing there. To this the women said that they can do it, but they will never leave NEEV. Mr. Surin was happy to see the dedication of rural women to their organization.

Nitu sharing her learning from the workshop

The speeches were followed by giving away of the certificates. Lakshi Rakshit presented Mr. Surin with an aloe vera plant sapling. Sangita Sarkar did the Thanks Giving. At the end all posed as a group with their certificates.

Trainees receiving Certificates; Lakshmi Rakshit presenting Aloe Vera Sapling to DDM NABARD

With every passing day, the dream of NEEV to create a herbal zone in the village Hurlung seems an inch closer to becoming real! We all look forward to the success of mahua range of soaps and aloe vera variety in the market.

Rural Women who have entrusted their futures to NEEV!


SRI Rabi Fields Promoted by NEEV

Progress Report


SRI Rabi fields promoted by NEEV

Jan 2011 to April 2011

Rows of Rice plants in SRI Rabi Field


NABARD has agreed to give all necessary support to spread SRI in Jharkhand,in the hope of achieving greater food security. Many NGOs of Jharkhand have been entrusted with the task of training the farmers in SRI under the able direction of selected Resource Agencies. Our NGO NEEV had taken up a target of introducing SRI in the fields of 200 farmers in Kharif 2010. Ut due to drought situation, only 57 fields could be successfully cultivated through SRI method. Thus NEEV took up to complete its target of 200 farmers by facilitating SRI cultivation in the fields of 143 farmers in Rabi 2011.

NEEV chose to implement SRI with farmers having access to canal water for cultivation of their fields. NEEV identified all fields adjacent to the canal flowing through the villages of Gadra, Govindpur, Sajamda, Dumkagora, Bhumijtola, Tupudang of Jamshedpur Block in the District of East Singbhum, Total area to be cultivated under SRI was 35 acres. NEEV is working as the Project Implementing Agency with the support of SPWD as the Resource Agency.

The project was implemented through various stages

· Preliminary Survey and Enrollment of farmers under SRI

NEEV’s field coordinator conducted Small group meetings with the help of local group leaders to spread awareness about SRI and to encourage them to take up SRI in the Rabi Season. 143 interested farmers having access to water for irrigation in their fields were enrolled for taking up SRI in their fields in Rabi and their land and personal details were recorded.

Introductory meetings at Govindpur and Sarjamda

· Training of Farmers in SRI

The 143 farmers were trained at village level in all activities specially applicable to SRI – treatment of seeds, field preparation, method of sowing, water and nutrient management, pest management, weeding, measuring productivity.

· Capacity Building

Hands on training was conducted at three stages – before preparing seed beds ; during transplantation and at the time of weeding.

· Ensuring Seed Availability

NEEV arranged to make the seeds available to the farmers from Jamshedpur block by maintaining regular contact with the Block Officers. The farmers were informed about the day of distribution and the seeds were sold at the block at very economical rates. The varieties of seeds that were made available are Swarna and Lalat.

· Seed Sorting and Seed bed Preparation

Sorting of Seed was done with the help of salt water. Then it was treated with Bevistin in all the fields of Potka & Jamshedpur twice. Varities used:- Mtu(Sarna) 1010:-150 days, lalat:-120days, Along with nursery preparation, the farmers also prepared their lands in their traditional ways.

Treatment of seeds with bevistine

Nursery Preparation

· Transplantation

In three villages of Jamshedpur block, transplantion was done successfully with 58 farmers. These villages are Gadra, Chotta Gadra and Tupudang. The fields were marked using ropes and the transplantation was done on wet lands. The saplings were planted at a spacing of 10 inches h plant to plant and 10 inches row to row. Due to lack of adequate irrigation facility, earlier stage transplantation wasdone only in 40fields. Proper drainage was maintained in every field. For 3 days, 9 people per day were required to carry out transplantation over 1 acre of land. Potash and DAP has been supplied to all the farmers.

Woman transplanting saplings in marked fields

· Weeding and Hoeing

Cono Weeders were supplied to the farmers doing SRI in Rabi 2011. Most farmers have carried out the first and second weeding.

Second Weeding using the cono weeder

Nutrient Management:

All farmers added organic / inorganic/both kinds of nutrients to the fields. Inorganic potash and DAP which was supplied by NEEV was used in the interculture operations. Some farmers also used organic manure i.e Cow dung.

Disease & Pest Management:

All farmers applied organic / inorganic / both pest control mechanism for plant protection.

Visit of NAABARD DDM to NEEV’s SRI Fields

On 19th April, Mr Upal Surin, DDM of NABARD for East Singbhum visited SRI fields in Govindpur, Sarjamda, Bhumijtola and Tupudang. Suman Sarkar, Director, NEEV, and Prasenjit Das Roy, Field Extension Officer of NEEV, along with Bablu Purti, a leading farmers from Govindpur, showed him many SRI fields. Shikha Jain, Managing Trustee of NEEV, also accompanied them.

Mr. Surin, DDM of NABARD with Suman Sarkar during field visit

Mr. Surin, taking note on the field visit

Visit of Mr. Sharat Singh form the Resource Agency – SPWD

Mr. Sharat Singh from our resource agency SPWD too made a visit to the SRI fields on 18th of May and was shown around the fields of SRI done in Gadra panchayat.