Binu Hazarika is a seasoned campaigner in her art. At the age of fifty seven, she is growing stronger in her work of pottery. Like most of her contemporaries, from Salmara area of Majuli, Binu did not receive any formal education. Pottery has been an inter-generational vocation for Binu’s family. She has learnt and perfected the art by observing other family members and has done well to sustain her family. Now a grandmother, Binu continues to be a contributing member in her eight member family and wants to do so for as long as she can.
With an aim to foster an enabling environment for craftsmen, ICCo-ONGC joined forces to provide enterprise development and skill building through the project, ‘Protection and preservation of heritage products of Majuli’. Binu was one of the first ones to enrol for training on enhancing craftsmanship for a better income.
Post the training, Binu is slowly learning to use pottery wheel and other techniques. This has helped her offer variety to the customers. She is one among the enthusiastic lot who enjoy coming to the facilitation centre (a facility provided through the project) and working together in a group rather than doing this alone at home.
With a severe dearth of job opportunities available for a living in Majuli, the ICCo-ONGC training and skill up-gradation program has capacitated Binu with effective proficiency to improve the quality of her products and enhance the family’s income.