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Success Stories

Success Story of a house wife-as a friend of coconut

 

  Smt.Sudha.M,V.S.Bhavan ,Mylamoodu, Aruvikara.P.O,.Nedumangad (Ph-8547631051) was a house wife who was   struggling  to make her  both ends meet. Somebody from her locality directed her to Mitraniketan Krishi Vigyan Kendra to   attend a training on Mushroom Cultivation for 2 days. It was at that time she came to know about the Friends of Coconut   Tree training programme being organized by KVK with the assistance of  Coconut  Development Board and that women   are  also being admitted for the training.

        She registered her name for training programme.  She attended the Friends of Coconut Tree training programme   during December 2013 . The comprehensive module of the FOCT programme integrates   theory sessions on various  aspects  of coconut cultivation, practical sessions on  operation of coconut climbing device, plant protection measures,  preparation of   bio  pesticides, value added coconut products etc along with short sessions on leadership qualities,  communication skills and  team building raised her level of confidence. She was motivated enough to take this up as an  income generation activity

 Since her husband is a fruit seller, she thought of venturing into the sale of tender coconut which she harvests from  the coconut trees of nearby locality on  contract basis using the coconut climbing device donated by CDB on the completion  of the training programme She earned a profit of Rs.5/nut and her average income was between Rs.200-300/ day.

 KVK organized a review meet of  the ex trainees of Friends of coconut tree on 5th June 2014 and 70 trainees from    Thiruvananthapuram district participated  in the meeting. Several of the participants voiced the constraints being faced by   them in the meeting . During the ex trainees meet, Sudha explained the  problems being faced by her due to the lack of a   proper marketing centre for attracting customers and to secure her produce. . KVK send a detailed report  of the extrainees    meet to CDB in which the constraints faced by the participants were given emphasis. Coconut Development Board made   immediate  intervention and  granted 50% financial assistance to Smt. Sudha to  set up a marketing centre. She could start  an  Elaneer parlour  at Vazhayila junction on the peripherals of Trivandrum city.

     Sudha who just wanted to earn a living was moulded into a successful  enterprenuer and she owes her success to   Mitraniketan KVK and Coconut  Development Board..Her success story was  published in a leading Malayalam Weekly  ‘Manorama’ which is enclosed herewith.

 

 

       

 

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