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 Law graduate starts dry fruit, saffron business in Srinagar

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Says women need to come forward to create space for themselves

Pulwama: A young woman hailing from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district has turned an entrepreneur by starting dry fruit and GI tagged saffron business at the famed tourist hub,  Dal Lake in Srinagar.

Yasmeena Jan (30) who is a LLB pass-out from Konibal Pampore has started this venture in Tourist hub Srinagar with the support of National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).

Yasmeena while talking to ‘Kashmir Vision’ said that she had a liking for business since her childhood but due to some reasons she couldn’t start her venture.

However, after getting married, her husband along with in-laws and her father supported her to start any business of her choice and she chose dry fruit and saffron business.

Yasmeena said that she picked this business as her aims to showcase the world famous Pampore’s Saffron and dry fruit to a wider community in Dalgate area.

“My aim is not to earn livelihood only for myself but provide employment opportunities to others as well and slowly and steadily, I am getting success in it,” she said.

“Apart from support from father and in-laws, the credit goes to NRLM department district Pulwama as it was possible only because of Umeed that I was able to give wings to my dreams,” she added.

She said that there are different government schemes of which our women can take benefit and become financially independent.

“Our women shouldn’t sit idle at home rather they must come forward and emerge independent financially. They can become job providers instead of job seekers,” she added.

NLRM District Manager, Arshid Ahmad when contacted said that the aim behind SHG groups and Umeed is eradication of poverty as groups are being provided bank linkages so that they can avail loan on subsidized rates.


Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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