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!