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Vocal For Local: Rural Women Make Eco-friendly Diyas, Sell Them At Low Cost For Diwali. Here Is A List

Rural Women Make Eco-friendly Diyas, Sell Them At Low Cost For Diwali.

Not more than a week is left when the country will revel in one of its most favourite festivals, Diwali. But the celebration of the year will be in tandem with the pandemic and financial crisis that the country is undergoing. The preparations and marketing strategies for the same have also changed, keeping in mind the balance of health and finance. Manufacture and sales of eco-friendly diyas, lanterns and firecrackers are being encouraged. So here is a look at how women artisans are turning the festival into an opportunity to not only showcase their talent but also to be an ‘Atma Nirbhar’ entrepreneur.

Women of a self-help group in Bhopal of Madhya Pradesh are making low-cost and eco-friendly diyas and lanterns out of cow dung for Diwali. In an interview with ANI, the women said, “We wanted to become #AatmaNirbhar following PM Modi’s appeal. So we started making low-cost cow dung diyas for everyone.”

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Women of another self-help group in Raipur in Chhattisgarh are also making diyas and flower pots from cow dung. The group of women have made 17,000 to 18,000 diyas till now and are sending them for sale in the markets. Apart from diyas, they are also making 400-500 kg of vermi-compost and cow-dung cakes. The cow-dung cakes are also being sold in the markets. Pramod Jadhav, the nodal officer told ANI that three stalls have been set up for the women to sell their articles. “By selling all these we can provide financial assistance to women. We are getting orders from the department and public representatives for these products,” he added.

Rural women in Jaipur, Rajasthan are using cow dung to make eco-friendly diyas for Diwali. The group consists of over 100 women who are making 1000 diyas per day. Through their craft, they are also promoting PM Modi-led Vocal for Local initiative. Read the full report here.

In Agartala, a group of 20-25 women work extra hours to make 1-1.5 quintiles of colourful candles every day ahead of Diwali. They are hoping to sell all their candles and boost the small scale business they have set up. Read the full story here.

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However, the pandemic has dampened the usual buzz in the market during Diwali. The sales of decorative stuff, diyas etc for Diwali has suffered a loss. Sales of diyas and firecrackers in Hyderabad has gone due severely compared to last year due to the pandemic, as reported by TimesNow. Not many customers can be seen strolling in the markets while the shopkeepers still wait for them with a glimmer of hope.

Picture Credit: ANI

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