Case Study: Rupjyoti Saikia
Rupjyoti Saikia’s efforts to provide training, and other facilities to local weavers led to a movement that saw M / S Artistic Traditional Textile being established in Bochagaon. This has been beneficial to rural women and helped them become financially independent. Saikia continues to conduct training programmes for women artisans on design implementation, surface ornamentation, new techniques and modern market trends. She enables sales through her boutique ‘Kaziranga Haat’ in Bochagaon and also reaches out to suppliers around the country. Her products are also sold through exhibitions locally and nationally. Her textile and other ventures such as a restaurant Rup’s Kitchen and NGO Farm 2 Food Foundation has seen the employment and empowerment of more than 200 unemployed youth and underprivileged women. For her unstinting efforts in the upliftment of rural women and youth, she was awarded The Balipara Foundation Naturenomics Award.