Meet Mizoram village’s only BBA grad who is now building a tea estate, supporting 300 farmers
After running small errands, Lalthamuani has now set up Eco Far, a tea business that empowers and supports the livelihood of over 300 farmers in Mizoram’s Leisenzo village.
According to a study by Google and Bain & Company, women entrepreneurship has a direct impact on women empowerment and overall economic development, leading to the creation of 150-170 million new jobs.
In Leisenzo village, which is about 50km away Champhai district in Mizoram, 22-year-old woman entrepreneur Lalthamuani is proving the positive ripple effects of entrepreneurship. Braving poverty and gender stereotypes in the village, she made ends meet by selling household products and became the first person ever from her village to obtain a BBA degree from Govt.J.Thankima College, Aizawl.
Now, the young entrepreneur runsthat sells unique tea native to Leisenzo village, and is empowering more than 300 farmers by supporting their livelihood during the pandemic.
In 2020, Lalthamuani won the Pandemic Innovative Challenge organised by the Planning and Program Implementation Department of the Government of Mizoram. She was also among the finalists at the Start Up India Mizoram Yatra and Mizoram Kailawn 2019, a business plan contest organised by the government of Mizoram to promote entrepreneurship.
“The business model of Eco Far creates a win-win for the villagers as well as Eco Far’s tea factory, as the enterprise helps the villagers to earn a sustainable livelihood while ensuring an abundant supply of raw material for our factory,” she explains.
Today, she has also formed the Leisenzo Tea Society which has over 300 tea farmers as its members, and is sponsored by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India to train and upskill the members on tea processing.