After Gujarat, Amazon to work with Nagaland women to sell goods at zero initial cost
Amazon India has announced its partnership with the government of Nagaland to help train its women entrepreneurs and sell their goods on its platform.
“In line with its vision to transform the way India sells, Amazon India today announced its partnership with the Government of Nagaland and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to empower and enable women entrepreneurs in the state by providing them with a global platform to sell their products at zero initial cost,” the company said.
The company said that with its first workshop starting today in Kohima, it will conduct extensive training and skill development workshops to help women entrepreneurs in Nagaland ‘understand nuances related to online selling and develop skills and capabilities necessary to nurture successful online enterprises.’
“The programme also aims to encourage cottage industries in Nagaland by helping them grow through online commerce,” the company said.
About a fortnight ago, at the Vibrant Gujarat investor summit, Amazon.In signed a deal with the government of Gujarat to reach out to its tribal population and enable them to sell their goods on its web portal.
The company said that it would help tribals promote their traditional handicraft and food items and its product portfolio will be listed to include products like bamboo crafts, Warli paintings, Pithora painting, Bhada painting, clay craft, minor forest produces (like honey, musli and tamarind), herbal medicines, embroidery items and tribal food items.
Amazon said that it will be looking to create an infrastructure wherein the women of Nagaland would be able to ‘own their own e-shop on Amazon.’
Commenting on this initiative Gopal Pillai, Director & GM, Seller Services, Amazon India, said, “Through this partnership, we look forward to fostering entrepreneurship and empowerment among women in Nagaland by giving them the opportunity to experience India’s digital economy firsthand. With specialised training, skill development workshops, technology support and market access at zero initial cost, the initiative will not only boost the cottage industry run by women in Nagaland, but also lead to the overall advancement of women e-entrepreneurs from the state.”
“We hope to drive this transformation in Nagaland by helping our women become e-entrepreneurs on Amazon. We look forward to extending all possible support to Amazon India in helping women artisans & entrepreneurs to participate in India’s vibrant digital economy,” Temjin Toy, IAS, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister of Nagaland said.
“With this, Amazon India aims to promote the flourishing cottage industries in the region and unlock unique selection of products such as hand-woven items, intricate metalwork, woodwork, stonework, pottery and basketry,” the company added.