After the commissioning of the single largest wax manufacturing unit in India by Numaligarh Refinery Limited, the company has embarked on a mission to train the youth of the Northeast in candle making and supporting them in their entrepreneurial journey of setting up self sustaining candle making units.
Towards this, a training program was inaugurated on May 8 by Rajya Sabha MP from Meghalaya Wansuk Syiem in Thangsning village, located on the outskirts of Shillong.
As many as 25 people took part in the training program. The 25, from the hamlet comprising 110 households, were identified as beneficiaries for the one-week candle making training. The trainees’ primary source of livelihood is agriculture. The Rajya Sabha MP thanked NRL for sponsoring the training programme which would benefit the villagers.
NRL had earlier sponsored a training program on candle making in Meghalaya during July 2016 in association with Meghalaya Institute of Entrepreneurship & WISE. In addition, several such training programs have been undertaken in other Northeast states including Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur. The participants trained last year were already in the process of setting up their own cottage industries, procuring wax from NRL.
The initiative has also helped revive several dying candle making units in the region and restored livelihood opportunities for many.
On the occasion, general manager marketing and business development at NRL Bruno Ekka was present along with officials attached to the Rajya Sabha MP, representatives from Women for Integrated Sustainable Empowerment (WISE) and villagers.