An elderly woman sits outside her house with the relief materials donated by the Entrepreneurs Associates. (Photo Courtesy: EA)
Kohima | April 10
Over the last two decades, Entrepreneurs Associates (EA) Nagaland has been working with people from all sections of society, entrepreneurs to street vendors, farmers to agripreneurs, Self Help Groups to Joint Liability Groups (JLGs) among others.
In the course of its initiatives, EA has realized that individuals from marginalized communities have a tough time getting through their daily lives; with many of them often living from hand to mouth. Hence, during a lockdown, such as this it is very obvious that those from the lower income strata of society will definitely find this period extremely challenging without any source of livelihood.
In such a scenario, EA has decided to offer a glimmer hope wherever possible so that people can look forward to a brighter future, informed Neikule Doulo, Head of Communications, EA.
Aware that essential commodities is what they require the most at this juncture, EA has taken up the initiative to distribute essential commodities, rice and dal (lentils) to the aged, daily wagers, street vendors, persons with disabilities, stranded students and orphans.
EA carried out this relief distribution in 7 districts of Nagaland, namely Mokokchung, Kohima, Dimapur, Phek, Tuensang, Peren and Wokha in partnership with Caring Friends, India.
“We have been providing 10 kgs of rice and 2 kgs of dal to each family reaching out to about 2200 families and individuals in the first phase,” Doulo said.
In the event of the lockdown being extended, EA will consider taking up another phase of relief distribution, she said.
The small effort is to exemplify that amidst this uncertainty and fear, there is always the prospect of small acts that can cheer people and provide much needed comfort to those who are most vulnerable, without any security for the next day, Doulo added.