This project in collaboration with Dhritii, a Delhi based NGO, is aimed at improving the employability of women in rural Kamrup Assam. It trains women to manufacture tableware out of areca nut sheaths which are available in abundance in the region and normally go waste. These women entrepreneurs end up creating employment for others as well in the value chain with activities like collecting the sheaths, cleaning them etc. Since the production is home based, it allows women to take up this work along with their other responsibilities. The cutlery produced has a ready market through an intermediary called Tamul Plates Marketing Private Limited.
Even though the project has just started, some of the women entrepreneurs are already earning about Rs. 5000 per month. The project will also lead to the replacement of environmentally hazardous disposable cutlery with areca nut cutlery which is completely bio-degradable.