Kendrapara, Oct 25 (LocalWire): Around 200 members of women self-help groups, in various parts of Kendrapara district and its nearby areas are engaged in making candles in various colours and models to meet the huge requirement during Diwali on Sunday.
According to Sanjukta Jena, the president of Ma Josorai self help group (SHG) in Sulanapatana village under Derabishi block, ‘Our group members are now busy making special perfumed candles to meet the huge demands for Diwali.’
‘The candle preparations start three months prior to Diwali and we made around two lakh candles and hope to earn more money this Diwali,’ said Anapurna Moharana, the secretary of the SHG.
Odisha Livelihood Mission provided skill upgradation training to many women and girls to make candles to meet the huge demands from the people.
‘We took Rs 2. 35 lakh loan from the bank to run the candle-making units. Our workshop is now crammed with hundreds of packets,’ added Moharana.
‘The women are upbeat that they can soon catch up with the best, thanks to a potentially-rich market in many parts of the district and its adjoining areas for Diwali,’ said Baijayant Mohanty the Block Project Manager (BPM) of Derabishi block.
‘Lets light a candle to remove darkness’ the adage has been enacted in real life by many women SHG members of the district by actually removing the darkness of poverty from their lives by making and selling candles and Diwali the festival of light brings more cheer for her as many persons purchase candles for this festival, added Mohanty.
People are buying scented candles which are affordable at Rs 20 per dozen, said Asha Das a candle maker from Bharatapur village.
‘Colourful designer candles are available from Rs 25 onwards. The perfumed and floating candles range from Rs 20 to Rs 100.
The festival of light has brought cheers to candle makers.
It is the only time of the year when our products sell like hot cakes,’ said Ranjita Das, a candle-maker from Chata village.