Young girls finding entrepreneurship possibilities in amla

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Nov 2017 12:13:22

Staff Reporter,

Amla or Indian gooseberry is one of the most sought after product of winters, which can be used in umpteen ways for health benefits. Amla is not only good for stomach and other internal bodily functions increasing the immunity but it works wonders for hair and for skin as well. All these qualities are known to almost everyone, but what is still not known by many is that a potential start-up can be started using gooseberry.

These were the words of GS Jariyal, co-ordinator of the entrepreneurship awareness programme, who along with master trainer Indra Bahadur Singh from Pratapgarh, UP was in Bhopal to give the students of Nutan College training regarding the various uses of amla and how it can be used for setting up a successful startup.

In the awareness programme not only told the students were told about the uses of amla but were also given demonstration to make as many as 25 different dishes using amla. Organised by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India as many as 75 students took part in the three-day programme from November 1 to November 3, 2017 where the students made various products using amla and were told about the skills of entrepreneurship. Girls made amla candy, supari, murabba, pickle, juice, laddoo, barfi, jam, triphala, chayavanprash, jelly etc using both dry and soaked forms of amla.

“A unit of more than 100 females has been working independently in Harda making more than 21 products using only amla and their products are sent all over the country and are exported as well. Our aim is to teach these girls the skills to establish a successful entrepreneurship unit in the future and how amla can be utilized easily for this purpose,” added Jariyal. Girls were also very excited regarding the various things that they learnt at the workshop, especially the products that they made at workshop. The second workshop will be organised in January. Dr Deepti Sankat, faculty of Botany Department at Nutan said, “Girls have participated in the workshop with full enthusiasm. We have also planned to set up a hawker’s corner where these girls will be putting up stalls and they will sell the items made by them. It will be a complete entrepreneurship experience for them.”


Mansi Singh, 19

This is a very good option for those who do not want to go for a job and want to start something of their own. We were told about minute details of how to prepare various products. It is a very good step which will urge many girls like us to be self sufficient. The best part about making products using amla is that we do not require anything from
outside as very healthy and tasty products can be prepared using just this one ingredient.


Shivangi Srivastava, 18

A startup with amla will require less input and the profit margin or we can say output will be more and this is one of the many things that we learnt at the workshop. People nowadays prefer things without chemicals and made from natural products. Amla is so easily available and requires less investment making it a profitable business option.