Nagaland: When almost every teenager begins planning for their further studies, future, and choose a career path to pursue their dream and ambitions, Ruovilhoukho Chuzho a youth from Nagaland had made a tough choice. Chuzho had to quit his studies and took up a daily wage job to support his family.
Ruovilhoukho Chuzho hails from Medziphema, Nagaland took up a daily wage job quitting his studies in 2005 to put food on the table.
Cutting wood, clearing the forest were among the many odd jobs he did to serve the food on the plate. Rs 150, or Rs 200 was his daily earnings from labour work.
His situation continued for years, till 2012.
However, a ray of hope came in the form of an advertisement for a one-year free vocational training programme in carpentry at the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Kohima. And Chuzho applied for the course wanting to try his hands at something better.
After learning carpentry when he returned back to Medziphema, he hoped to start his business at his place, however, he failed to improve his family's financial condition, Chuzho said.
This was the story of ten years ago, but now the story is something else. When at a time Chuzho used to earn Rs 150, or Rs 200, now he earned Rs 50,000 per month. "It all feels like a distant dream", he said. Today he is 29 years old and now he owns as many as three enterprises- The Naga's Feather, Chop Sticks, and Collection Store.
In 2017 NBDA named him as 'Promising Artisan of The Year' recognizing his efforts.
Union Minister of State (Ind Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region, Dr. Jitendra Singh took to the microblogging site Twitter and wrote, "#NewNorthEast: Young Entrepreneur Ruovilhoukho Chuzho from Medziphema in #Nagaland, learned carpentry & #Bamboo crafts to establish 3 enterprises of his own, earns around ₹50,000/month. He was named the 'Promising Artisan of The Year 2017' by the NBDA. #Vocal4Local."