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    Fair Deal: First All-Women Weekly Market Opens In Assam’s Hojai

    From rice cakes, freshly grown green veggies to handwoven gamusas, this market is all things indigenous

    From freshly grown organic green vegetables, seasoned fruits, herbs to decorative handicrafts, textiles, the hustle and bustle at the newly inaugurated all-women weekly market in Hojai district of Assam commemorates all things indigenous.

    The weekly market will take place every Saturday near the Sangmaji Pathar village, a couple of kilometres away from the Hojai town. The objective is to boost the local economy and women’s economic empowerment.

    With a handful of stalls at present, the market run by different women Self-Help Groups under the Binakandi Unnayan Parishad’s Gaon Panchayat Development aims to grow into a bustling market in the near future. The market has been established under the Assam State Rural Livelihoods Mission.

    “We are extremely happy with the inauguration of the market. It is going to help the women traders to grow their business ventures. This initiative is going to encourage the women to become entrepreneurs,” said a woman trader.

    The market inaugurated by Hojai Zila Parishad, Chief Executive Officer, Padmaja Punam Rawat saw a host of other members from Binakandi Unnayan Parishad, state politicos and civil society groups.

    “The market is going to play a pivotal role in empowering women. The first day of the market saw a huge response and we are quite positive with the outcome. Through this market, the women vendors could help preserve their culture by displaying their ethnic collections,” added another vendor.

    Photo: Sohidul Alom

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