YouthNet launches Made in Nagaland Center e-commerce website

Mr. K. Hokishe Assumi, Director, Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of Nagaland, launched the Made in Nagaland Centre e-commerce website at YouthNet Head Office Kohima on 29th of June 2020 in celebration of its 2nd Anniversary.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Hokishe Assumi congratulated YouthNet and the entrepreneurs of Made in Nagaland for making it possible to reach this juncture today. He stated that Nagaland cannot continue to be dependent on the Government of India but should start working towards standing up on its own feet, and the stage has come for the state to start producing and exporting. He encouraged young people to take the opportunity of this pandemic lockdown to start innovating. He also ensured that the department is ever willing to help young serious people who can make the most out of its resources and opportunities. He also added that the department looks forward to cooperate and handhold for further initiatives and programs that can help push young enterprising minds towards further growth.

Also, Ms. Hekani Jakhalu, Founder & Chair, YouthNet, speaking on the occasion asserted that YouthNet wanted to leverage the energy of young people from Nagaland to higher grounds and platforms and she hopes the e-commerce platform will brand, promote and create more exposures for the entrepreneurs of Nagaland.

Ms. Nuneseno Chase, Director of Programs, YouthNet chairing the launching program.

Made in Nagaland Center-initiative of YouthNet, is an establishment with the objective to provide exposure and a centralized platform for products and services from Nagaland, launched in June 2018 by Hon’ble Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio. In the past two years, it has hosted products of about 140 craftsmen, local artisans, and entrepreneurs. Many Nagas are engaged in the production of a variety of local handicrafts, handlooms and have also started production of locally packaged agro-products and processed food for commercial purposes. The end products however do not have a ready and thriving market for which most entrepreneurs have difficulty selling them.

The popularity of indigenous crafts and organic produce is also increasing nationally and globally. The products made in Nagaland, as such, have a lot of potential to grow. However, there is an ardent need for more promotion and marketing as well as a platform showcasing all these products. The entrepreneurs are also scattered across the state and do not have a single organized umbrella organization to facilitate marketing, sales, export, etc.

YouthNet has been actively engaged with entrepreneurship programs since 2013, across the state with its Impact 5000 by 18 – a joint program with Government of Nagaland. Over the past couple of years entrepreneurship has seen positive growth in Nagaland and to support this growth, YouthNet using its resources and partnerships created a platform as a one-stop center to not only market, brand, and showcase local products but also to attract potential investors.

Seeing the positive response and the demand for products, Made in Nagaland has launched its e-commerce website, so the locally made products can cater to more people. Made in Nagaland Center e-commerce website is now live! Click below.

Bhaichung Bhutia visits MiN Center

Former Indian football team captain and Advisor of YouthNet, Bhaichung Bhutia visited MiN center at the launched of  YouthNet ‘s hospitality program under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana scheme, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India, at Made in Nagaland Centre, Kohima on 28th January 2018. Bhaichung was accompanied by Kishore Taid, co-founder & CEO, Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BFFS), Delhi.

M/S Latex Goods Manufacturing Unit

Mhoyamo Jungio, a recipient of ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur’ award from Wokha district in 2015, a recognition conferred by the department of Industries & Commerce. Jungio is still one among few rubber grower in Nagaland to have progressed into a manufacturer of latex goods in Nagaland.

The concept of entrepreneurship as it is understood today, in Nagaland, kind of, became prevalent only in the last decade of our generation and was not very common back then, except identified as the mother word “Business”. And while many, alas! Failed but was graced with green pasture in the service provided by the Government, because it was abundant back then, it is not surprising to see our own elder folks emphasis so much in the government sector. Yet, alas! The narration of jobs and employment had changed vastly and rapidly over the years that if young people today seeks prosperity, not only for themselves but to their communities and to the state, the narration of what directs our mind has to change with the revolving earth.

Jungio, from a humble begining of running a small electronics repairing shop in Wokha, and his exposure outside the state for various electronic training, perhaps, had inspired him that one could do so much more if one could start identifying one’s own resource and start doing something out of it and thats how his rubber venture started.

Jungio, who is now already a father of three hails from Chudi village and owns a rubber farm in his village  and produces his own raw material that feeds a small-scale manufacturing unit he operates in Wokha called M/S Latex Goods Manufacturing Unit. His products include gardening gloves, balloons, rubber bands and doormats. And his latest innovation, the finger golves. He caters to clients like the department of Agriculture, municipal bodies, stationeries and banks to name a few.

Jungio is already employing people in his unit but his goal had always been to expand his manufacturing unit to create more platforms as well as expand the production of new products, where he need different machinery and that would definitely require money. But being a small time entrepreneur, he still feels unable to commence with this ambition unless more groups and institutions can forthcome and lend a helping hand. Towards this, he seeks for possible partnership with any interested entrepreneur if needed.



North East Network

The North East Network (NEN) in Nagaland started Chizami Weaves, a weavers’ livelihood program. Chizami Weaves would buy the yarn, teach the weavers the shapes and sizes for contemporary crafts like cushions or table mats and Chizami Weaves would market the finished goods in exhibitions all over the country.

The seeds of socioeconomic and environmental reform in Chizami were planted back in the mid-1990s, when Monisha Behal, a women’s rights activist and founder of the North East Network (NEN), landed in Nagaland with the aim of improving women health standards in the state.

Focusing on health issues, women’s rights, community programmes, food security, and environmental conservation, what makes this development model extraordinary is that economically marginalised women put together their heart, blood and sweat in the village’s transformation, something that is deeply entwined with the traditional practices of the region.



Thej Yhome

A self-taught artist Thejakhrienuo Yhome, the creator of Carnaby Black, a digital manga comic series about “whimsical magic”. Yhome was drawn into this world when she was 12 and saw an episode of Pokemon, a Japanese anime series. Yhome pursued a degree course in animation and VFX from Minerva Institute of Management and Technology, Dehradun, while simultaneously continuing to work on other art commissions.





Peonies Closet

The Peonies Closet is a retail clothing line that opened in October 2017. What makes it unique is its collaboration with local painters and artists in order to bring out the best that Naga textile and design can offer. In this manner, they strive to promote social awareness on working jointly with small-scale Naga entrepreneurs to improve the state’s economy. Some of their items include specially designed and printed tote bags, pouches, summer tops and dresses, formal and wedding attire, and other fashionwear. Their ethnic line includes handloom-based clothing such as shawls, body-wraps for ladies, etc. Find them at the ‘B Studio’ boutique at NST Area, Kohima, above the ‘LG Enterprise’ store.





Liyingbeni Odyou, adoring designer from Nagaland, she says it happened right after she graduated from YWCA College, Delhi. She started working and spend 6 ½ years in Delhi with Neel Kamal Export, Samson Garments, Orient Craft Ltd and Richa Global Pvt.Ltd. Liying working as an Assistant Designer for Richa Global Pvt.Ltd and later as Senior Designer. She also worked with ‘Connect Studio’ Dimapur as Head Designer for 1 ½ year. That was her first stint as a designer before she eventually worked with branched out, on her own with her unit. Liying also want her unit to grow so that she can employ more people giving them a chance to learn as well and want to work on full fledged bridal collection.





An imperative and important step taken towards promoting the development of bamboo is the establishment of the Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre at Dimapur. The centre, conceptualized and established to introduce and disseminate bamboo cultivation and processing technology, build entrepreneurship skill, undertake research and development and facilitate the institutionalization of bamboo development is playing a pivotal role in promoting the development of bamboo in the State. The centre has now gained recognition as a centre of excellence in the field of bamboo development nationally and this initiative by the agency is now also being emulated by other States in the country.