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Manipur women form self-help groups to earn a livelihood

pur), May 12 (ANIWomen in violence-hit Manipur have formed self-help groups to improve their economic independence.

By L C K Singh

Imphal (Manipur), May 12 : Women in violence-hit Manipur have formed self-help groups to improve their economic independence.

A woman has set up a handicraft workshop, which helps several women earn a livelihood.

Sunanda's art centre makes handicrafts and wall hangings, and it was her effort to help women find an identity.

"From childhood, I have seen a lot of handicraft items, and basically, I am interested in art. I am an art lover. All these things inspired me. Then, after completing my course in commercial art, I have studied Manipuri old arts," said Sunanda.

While the present effort has been marginal, Sunanda is planning to extend it to take more women into the art centre's fold.

"My future plan is to increase production and generate more employment to the people. I am even planning to export my things," she added.

The women who are being helped by Sunanda are happy to be self-dependent.

"Now, I can arrange for my own expenditure. Whatever amount my parents used to spend on me, at least I can earn that much. I do not need to depend on them now," said Dhanavati, an employee.

"It feels great to come out here and work together to earn our own source of income," said Bembem, another employee.

Though Manipur has tremendous tourism potential, separatist violence and poor infrastructure are preventing visitors from coming to the region.

Manipuris complain that their state has been ignored by the State Government. They accuse the latter of neglecting local development and imposing the will of the Central Government.

ANI

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