Amazon India 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.
Under the partnership, Amazon will conduct extensive training & 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. As part of the initiative, a one-stop center equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure will be created to train & equip women entrepreneurs to open their own ‘E-shop’ on Amazon.in.
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. Spinning and weaving have been very significant in the Naga Hills and in the recent times mill-made yarn is also fast gaining popularity from this region. The government has also been very active in promoting industries like soap-making, candle-making, bee-keeping, and the association with Amazon will definitely aid in this direction.
Commenting on the partnership, Temjin Toy, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister of Nagaland said, “Today, digital commerce has dissolved geographical boundaries and enabled millions of Indians to consume products & services from all corners of the country leading to a massive economic transformation. 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.”
Expressing his sentiments on empowering women entrepreneurs through this programme, Gopal Pillai, Director & GM, Seller Services, Amazon India, said, “Our entrepreneurial culture and initiatives have always been aligned with our vision of transforming the way India buys and sells. 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.”