Meet the gutsy widow from Nalbari(Assam) earning close to Rs 1 lakh monthly through her vermi compost start-up
Kanika Talukdar who hails from small place of Nalbari in Assam lost her husband at a very young age but instead of crying over her fate, she has a build a successful start-up of vermicompost. Really inspiring! Just spare a few minutes to appreciate their efforts.
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Her history and challenges
Forty two year old Kanika Talukdar lost her husband at a young age and that did not stop her to realise her dream of becoming a self independent woman.
Talukdar came across insurmountable difficulties while managing everything on her own and she had to also look after her four months old daughter when her husband died in 2008. Talukdar of Nalbari district in Assam moved to her maternal family after her spouse’s demise and she decided to empower herself by having something of her own. She did not want to put a burden on her father.
Later, she started a short-term training at Nalbari Krishi Vigyan Kendra in 2014 which changed her life as it propelled her to set up a vermi-compost start-up. She says she made an investment of Rs 500 and started Jay Vermi Compost.
She was exposed to vermi-compost production technology and gained substantial knowledge to start her business. She says that because of poor financial stability she could not invest much in the beginning but later as her business grew, she started pumping money into her business.
While narrating her success story, Talukdar told Chalgenius that because of her consistent progress of the business, she won many accolades in the past three years at various renowned levels. Recently, she won the best farmer award by Nalbari district administration on the Independence Day on August 15 this year. Talukdar was also felicitated by the Rotary Club of Guwahati and recently she bagged the women entrepreneur award conferred upon her by Asom Sangrami Mancha for her contribution to the society.
She has a team of five people who help her run the business smoothly.
The start-up has been incubated at NEATEHUB, an AIC-AAU incubator based at Jorhat in Assam.
Talukdar informs that she is currently earning Rs 80,000-Rs 90,000 per month despite the challenges imposed due to the lockdown.
On Covid-19 impact, she says that her business got a boost as people who were losing their jobs tend to do farming in her area which resulted in an increase in the compost demand. She got a lot of demand from the local farmers in the past six months of the lockdown.
She says that she has expanded her business to other districts like Darrang, Kamrup, Baksa, Goalpara, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Majuli among others. Talukdar has managed to achieve phenomenal success in vermi-compost in a very short span of time because of her dedication and perseverance. She has emerged as one of a well-known woman entrepreneur in Assam.
Chalgenius salutes her encourage and hats off to women empowerment.
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