Women check out jewellery at the fete at Mecon Community Hall in Ranchi on Friday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
It is a fete by women, for women. Around 49 women entrepreneurs assembled to showcase and sell their products at Women Empowerment, a three-day fair organised by Ispat Mahila Vikas Sahayog Samiti, a co-operative of officers’ wives of Mecon and RDCIS.
The fete that kicked off at Mecon Community Hall on Friday was inaugurated by Pushpa Ekka, joint registrar of Chotanagpur north division co-operative society.
It has two stated purposes. While the fete provided an opportunity to the entrepreneurs to display their products, the proceeds will go to a kindergarten school run by the samiti for underprivileged children.
Outfit secretary Nita Bhair said that the samiti had stepped into its 25th year and the fete was an annual function, which they had been organising since the time of its inception.
“The kindergarten cradle charges nominal fees from underprivileged children residing around Mecon Colony. A stitching unit is also run by the samiti in association with USHA, the sewing machine manufacturers. So, the samiti organises the fete every year to support the two establishments,” she added.
The 49 stalls have an array of attractions, both for men and women of all age groups. On sale are books, designer clothes, jewellery, home décor items, solar products, dress materials and knick-knacks.
However, the main attraction was tucked in the southern-left corner of the community hall. Handmade dolls.
Talking about their speciality, kiosk owner Shobha said, “These are eco-friendly, non-injurious and unbreakable items that can be used either as a showpiece or kept at one’s place of worship or given to children to play.”
Very economical, these dolls are available starting from Rs 200.
On Day One, there were about 60 visitors. The organisers, however, are hopeful about better footfall over the weekend. The fair is open 11am to 8pm. Entry is free.