Women in Bihar’s Hajipur, known for the cultivation of the best quality of Banana nationwide, have started extracting fiber from the abandoned stems of banana for textiles under the mentorship of Vaishali Priya, a fashion entrepreneur.
This 25-year-old has carved a niche for herself in European export market for garments and accessories by employing women from rural areas and providing them fashion-based skills development classes.
She launched the “Surmayi Banana Extraction Project” to promote their skills in extracting organic and natural fibre products.
With the support of the local Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Priya started with 30 women at Hariharpur, a village famour for banana cultivation. “Seeing its economical benefits, we got more people joining us each passing day,” said Vaishali Priya.
She said, “Since childhood I knew about how my small town Hajipur is one of the biggest producers of bananas and that large amounts of waste is also produced after the banana is harvested.”
Therefore she chalked out a way to convert the waste to wealth in the form of textile designing.
“These women and other members are also being trained to make products out of the final raw materials extracted from the Banana plants,”she said.
Inputs: The Indian Express