Vishü Rita Krocha
Kohima | July 31
Born to farmer parents and being the eldest in the family among 8 siblings, Ruchuyhunlo Kent’s dream of acquiring an educational degree was crushed so early in life. “I really wanted to study but had to quit after my 6th standard because my father was a drunkard- he spent the little he earned on alcohol- and it was difficult for my mother to support all of us,” he regretfully says.
As a young boy, he has had his share of struggles and when he lost his father in 2013, he felt it was his responsibility to look after his mother and siblings. But Ruchuyhunlo Kent had been experimenting different forms of construction work much ahead of that- bamboo weaving, stonework, tiling, cement work, tin roofing, electricity related work, etc- till he also ventured into woodwork and realized that carpentry is where his heart truly lies.
Looking back on all the life challenges he faced, he contemplatively says, “For a very long time, I did not understand. But one day I prayed to God and realised, maybe it was only for good that I did not finish my studies.” He adds, “If I studied, this (carpentry) would not have been my future.”
Ruchuyhunlo Kent has come a long way from where he started. There is probably nothing that he hasn’t tried in the construction sector. And all of these have been instrumental in shaping his career. When he first started off, he recalls earning Rs.200-300 per day out of bamboo baskets he made during 2008. With each passing year, he saw that there was a remarkable growth in his income. He was earning Rs.3000-4000 per day during 2012-2013 and went on to take in contracts in the last couple of years.
However, it was carpentry that had his heart all along. It is unmistakably the place where he is happiest. He joined “Kath Kraft” this year as the Head Carpenter and currently supervises 9 other carpenters. Kath Kraft is one of the few solid wood manufacturers from Nagaland with its clients spread across the country.
For Ruchuyhunlo Kent, “measurement”, “angle” and “finishing” are the most important things in carpentry. Substantiating to this, he says, “If measurement goes wrong, everything will go wrong. Then, there is the angle and the finishing. Even if the design is brilliant but the finishing is not good, then it’s of no use.”
There is no stopping this self-taught 30-year-old carpenter from Tseminyu so far as woodwork is concerned.
*Year of Construction Workers (YOCW) is a joint program of the Government of Nagaland in partnership with YouthNet, Zynorique and the Department of Labour & Employment, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.