Woman from Nagaland in India’s under 30 achievers list

Woman from Nagaland in India’s under 30 achievers list
Shiroi Lily Shaiza


Shiroi Lily Shaiza of Aspora Nagaland earns ‘Special Mentions’ on Forbes India ‘30 Under 30’ list


Morung Express News
Dimapur | February 10


A woman entrepreneur from Nagaland has earned a ‘Special Mentions’ in this year’s Forbes India ‘30 Under 30 list’ of achievers.


Shiroi Lily Shaiza, Managing Director Aspora Nagaland and Advisor at Entrepreneurs Associates (Corporate Manager) was featured in the list which Forbes India described as “achievers who narrowly missed out making it to the final 30 in our Class of 2018” adding, “Some could make it to the main list as soon as next year!”
She was got the mention for impactful work in “NGO & Social Entrepreneurship.”


The list was published by Forbes India, the Indian edition of Forbes, a leading a global media company focusing “on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle.”


According to Forbes profile, Shaiza, an alumnus of Symbiosis International, Pune, set up Aspora Nagaland in 2017, which “promotes entrepreneurship through livestock training, particularly in raising pigs and selling pork products.”
“Shaiza’s goal is to promote the microenterprise model to ensure that the youth of Nagaland are trained to set up their own ventures,” it said.


The EA also runs an NBFC called Ganpati Stock Ltd which lends capital to the youth and it has financed 200 entrepreneurs and provided microfinancing to 1,200 individuals, it added.


“I was just doing what I can. Any Naga youth could do the job,” was Shazia modest reply when contacted about her achievement.


“What we are trying is to change narratives about how we look at ourselves,” she added.


Nevertheless, Shazia said she was overwhelmed with the recognition and whatever the social impact, the enterprises have achieved so far.


“I am really grateful for being featured as a ‘Special mention’ on the Forbes India 30 under 30. It is an honour to be recognised with young people across the country, who have been disrupting the industry in the intersection of Business and the Social Impact space to find innovative solutions for some of the most pressing problems that our society is facing today,” she added.


The recognition, Shazia said, is an encouragement and inspiration to continue her “journey of promoting entrepreneurs across the state and region.”


On its Facebook page, Aspora Nagaland Ltd described itself as a social enterprise initiated by the EA, an organization committed to developing Entrepreneurship, financial accessibility and Innovative Livelihoods in Nagaland and Manipur since its inception in 2000.


A registered entity under Ministry of Corporate Affairs and located in the Nagaland, ASPORA is empowering local communities through livestock farming and making Nagaland a meat surplus producing, it said.


Other Achievers from North East:
In the company of Shaiza, another person from Northeast, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem (17) from Manipur, the goal keeper of FIFA U-17 World Cup and one of the heroes of India’s campaign at the tournament. According to new report, Moirangthem, now moved base to Scotland and begun his trial stint with the Scottish Premiership club Motherwell FC.


Ranjan Bordoloi (27) of Assam made to the final of 30 Under 30 list on the category of design. He is the Founder and creative director, Studio Bordoloi An alumnus of IIT Guwahati, he “works with brass to revive the dying ancient craft of making utensils and artefacts by hammering the alloy—traditionally practised by a community of Assamese artisans,” as per the Forbes profile.


The list:
According to Forbes India, the list is representative across 15 categories its own research and multiple conversations with industry experts and selection from three broad criteria: The extent of impact of their achievements, and their ability to disrupt the status quo; scalability of the business or line of work and; their potential to stay a long-term player.


The India’s ‘30 Under 30’ is now five years old and selection process has become more “rigorous with each new edition,” it claimed.


The research process was three-fold: One, interviews by the Forbes India team with sources across relevant categories as well as through studies of databases and media coverage. Two, on forbesindia.com, inviting applications from, or nominations of, entrepreneurs and professionals who fit the criteria. Three, spreading the word on social media.


Thereafter, a longlist of over 300 names across the categories were prepared before narrowing down to a ‘short longlist’—the names most likely to make it to the top 30.


Apart from the final 30, the Forbes India said some others could not be ignored and the editorial team decided that it “deserved a special mentions.”