Odisha: Women SHG Members Make Eco-friendly Rakhis

Members of women Self Help Groups (SHG) from rural Odisha are selling eco-friendly Rakhis ahead of the festival of Rakshabandhan which falls on August 22. The SHGs are crafting the Rakhis from clay, Sabai grass, golden grass, waste paper, bamboo, pulses, coconut shells and other organic substances. The members have set up 18 stalls across the state. The initiative has been made and supported by Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS).

Pranab Panda, member, ORMAS said, “This initiative started last year during the COVID time when there was lockdown going on. We started to make local made Rakhi with the help of Mission shakti SHGs groups. We have set up 18 stalls across Odisha. Products are priced between Rs 20 and Rs 50. Around 2,000 women mostly from Rural backgrounds are associated with SHGs which helps in providing livelihood.”

Members of different SHGs from the districts of Khordha, Jaipur, Jagatsinghpur, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar have been manufacturing eco-friendly Rakhis to spread awareness regarding a pollution-free environment.

“We use Terracotta Sabai grass, pulses and other organic material to make these products. We took all the precautionary measures in view of COVID. Last year, we received a great response due to low selling prices. We are hoping for the same this year,” Rajlaxmi, an SHG worker said.

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