Sep 01, 2011

Nagalim: Social Worker Advocates Female Entrepreneurship

Nancy Kikon, a social worker who operates in the region, encouraged women to create innovative and sustainable business ventures. She asserts that greater female presence in the workplace would not only be a boon to the local economy but also help to correct gender imbalances in the community.

Below is an article published by The Morung Express:

Social worker Nancy Kikon said that there are numerous avenues to start up a business venture in Nagaland. “In a developing state at this juncture, one has the opportunity to explore any kind of business activity with the availability of basic essentials like raw materials, skilled and unskilled labor etc,” Kikon said while speaking at the one day workshop on “Promotion of women entrepreneurs” here at Hotel Japfu on August 30 [2011].

Kikon said that women are enthusiast in management by nature; adventurous and inquisitive in character with an owned confidence, has the ability to contribute unique economic progress through entrepreneurship. Kikon said organizing a business establishment needs much research, analysis, creativity and innovation adding, “sustainability of any project is the most vital part for its success because of the fact that starting up a business may be a challenge but the biggest challenge anyone can face is to sustain and grow the small project into a bigger business venture.”

“A woman from any level of the society is capable of becoming a successful entrepreneur provided she has the confidence, zeal, perseverance and focus with passion as her foundation. She can start with anything, anywhere; a zero budget is not a threat,” Kikon said adding that in Naga society, women respond automatically to any kind of management- voluntarily or even when compelled. Kikon maintained that abundance of natural resources considering the size of our population and independent livelihood in every sector be it food, herbal medicines, craft along with the expertise or degree holders and trained individuals can help set up, plan and supervise any kind of project and manage the workforce.

Kikon wishes people feel encouraged and focus on how much one can contribute via training and education so that there is equal participation from all sections of the society to help and build our economy. Kikon also asserted that educating local entrepreneurs and training them through workshops was an essential part of taking the society to the next level where “we can look at the possibility of exporting our products to a bigger market by engaging suppliers and industry experts from around the country and the world.”