anita: entrepreneur from Bhojpur among the 29 celebrated | Patna News

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Patna: Anita Gupta, an entrepreneur from Bhojpur, was awarded the prestigious ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on the occasion of International Women’s Day on Tuesday.
President Ram Nath Kovind has bestowed the award on 29 outstanding women across the country for 2020 and 2021. The award carries a certificate and cash honorarium of Rs1 lakh.
Anita has so far provided vocational training on different handicrafts and crochet jewelry to over 1 million women in Bihar and provided employment to 10,000 rural women through her Bhojpur Mahila Kala Kendra which she founded in Ara in 2001. After receiving the award, Anita said she feels great. that her hard work for the empowerment and talent of women has been recognized.
Anita has set up over 500 Self-Help Groups (SHGs) to organize check-up camps for rural women and provide them with education and vocational training. It has also organized various awareness campaigns on the use of water and sanitation. She is a member of “Usha Silai School”, which runs over 3,000 sewing schools across Bihar and Jharkhand.
“I never imagined receiving such an award from the President of India for my small efforts which I started doing at the age of 14. In pursuit of my desire to study, I started tutoring girls in my neighborhood in 1993. My father died when I was a child. My mother could not afford school fees for my younger brother Santosh Kumar and me. But I decided that I ‘would study no matter what and started giving lessons charging Rs25 for each student. I got my degree but couldn’t complete my masters due to my work commitments,” recalls- she.
Asked about her interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, Anita told TOI by phone from Delhi that she had requested the Prime Minister to provide a permanent platform or space for artisans in each district, so that they would not don’t have to wait for fairs. to showcase their products. “He (PM) assured me that a permanent space for craftsmen will be given in the stations of each district. I am honored that the Prime Minister has taken note of my request,” she said.
The entrepreneur said she started the NGO in 2001 with her brother and seven other women and has provided free vocational training to about 1 lakh rural women so far. “I train them in applied art, sujni, toys from clothes, sewing and other forms of craftsmanship. About 10,000 women earn a living after training at our center. We also provide a platform for these women to show off their talent,” said Anita.
When asked if she had learned the skill from someone, Anita replied that it was a gift from God.
“Whenever my close relatives like my uncle and aunts gave me money, I saved it to buy materials at the market. Then I planned what could be made from these materials. In this way, I learned to make decorative objects,” she said.
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