Guwahati: Manipur‘s woman entrepreneur Kshetrimayum Indira Devi has recently been honoured with the ‘Woman Transforming India (WTI) Award 2018’ at Pravasi Bharatia Kendra, Chanakyapuri in New Delhi.
Devi who Hails from Thangmeiband Lairenhanjaba Leikai, Imphal, was presented with the prestigious award by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on the occasion of the third edition of Women Transforming India Awards. Naidu also launched the Women Entrepreneurship Platform 2.0 on the occasion.
The award presentation ceremony was organized by the NITI Aayog.
Along with Kshetrimayum Indira Devi, 14 other women Entrepreneurs from across the country was honoured. The winners were selected through an extensive six month long process.
According to media reports, that the nominations for the third edition of the Women Transforming India Awards were opened on March 8, 2018 on the occasion of the International Women’s Day by Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog and Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator in India.
The Awards this year focus on ‘Women and Entrepreneurship’, a concept which has seldom taken root in the national discourse. Concomitant with the launch of NITI’s Women Entrepreneurship Platform, the WTI Awards this year aims to go beyond recognizing women who are catalyzing change in their communities.
The Award is a NITI’ Aayog's flagship event, which it organises in partnership with the United Nations.
The Women Transforming India Awards calls for invites stories of exceptional women entrepreneurs, who are breaking the glass ceiling and challenging stereotypes through businesses, enterprises, and initiatives that provide innovative solutions to address key development challenges and, Impact communities
The eldest of six siblings, Kshetrimayum Indira Devi is a graduate in political science and has a professional qualification diploma in Handloom Technology from IIHT, Guwahati.
She started her career with Goenka Woolen Mills in Guwahati in 1994.
Development of a diversified Manipuri Handloom product ‘’TALIT’’ in 2004 with the help of Weavers Service Centre (WSC), Imphal, Ministry of Textiles for an Israel Buyer became a game changer for her as it opened up the path for international reach of a humble product, said the report.
Indira’s organization Chanu Creations has been successful in reviving the ancient handlooms of Manipur with the help of modern weaving technology and trained weavers.