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.
The U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster visited YouthNet’s ‘Made in Nagaland’ Center on December 1, 2018 and was really impressed by the Center and the various products displayed of the local entrepreneurs, articulating on how he was inspired by the optimism of the entrepreneurs and growth of entrepreneurship in Nagaland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Imtimenla Jamir, A Biotechnology graduate from Nagaland university loved eating, tasting, cooking and trying different food items. It was when she attended an industrial training at Dr. G Wellness Pvt. Ltd., during which experimenting with different types of seeds, their nutritional content and benefits she came up with an energy drink which received a positive response and appreciation. This developed her deep love for recipe experimentation in the process. With well wishes from family, friends and bloggers, she decided to turn my passion into business. Taking one mini step at a time from packaging to labelling and to sending my raw bar to a lab in New Delhi for complete nutritional diagnosis, it is now out in the market for Dimapur & Kohima.