Wake up early to become a better leader with more energy – Towards A Better Life

People who get up early gradually become better leaders as they have improved organizing skills. In this article you will find this and other benefits of waking up early.

Benjamin Franklin said there is gold in the mouth of the early morning. There is some truth in Franklin’s analogy getting up early brings with it several benefits.

Become a better leader by enhancing your organizing capabilities

When you wake up early you have uninterrupted time for yourself in the morning. Hence, you are not distracted and can complete any activity more quickly. You can utilise this tranquil and quiet time to plan your day ahead of time, allotting a specific amount of time to each of your chores.

You eventually become a better leader as mentally planning your day before you begin improves your organisational skills and promotes productivity.

The other benefits of getting up early are:

1) You remain stress-free.
2) Enjoy improved health and energy.
3) Feel more content with whatever the One Almighty God has blessed you with.
4) At the end of the day you enjoy quality sleep.

 

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Indian Muslim formed US foundation that provided aid to over 1 lac poor Indians in Covid-19

A US-based foundation provided aid to over 1 lakh poor Indians during Covid-19. The story of Syed Hussaini who formed the foundation is all about giving back to society.

Last year, the US-based Support for Educational and Economic Development or SEED USA foundation provided education, health, and monetary assistance to 1.1 lakh impoverished Indians.

Syed Suliman Hussaini left Hyderabad to further his education and would later serve others in his own nation. He witnessed the weakest members of Indian society get trapped in vicious debt cycles in order to meet basic requirements such as shelter, food, and medication.

Syed Hussaini established SEED USA in 2009. One of the most difficult issues, he has encountered in identifying the correct projects to engage in is ensuring that the impoverished attend school and the youth can make a living.

The story of Syed also shows that not all Muslims are terrorist as the media shows them. In fact, Islam is against terrorism and all such acts of violence that kills innocent people.  I have used the word Indian Muslim in the title because I am a Muslim and proud to be an Indian.

Syed graduated an engineer in 1972. However, due to a scarcity of appropriate occupations in the city, he was unable to find work. He saw an opportunity in the west and opted to pursue higher education there. After finishing his Masters, he relocated to Dallas because employment in his home country remained elusive.

But he knew the agonies of poverty, he says. Syed had lived without money before. The Nizam’s Charitable Trust granted Syed money as a scholarship back then, which paid for his plane ticket. That is how Syed did it. Otherwise, he says, if you lack money and resources, it might be extremely tough to build a name for yourself.

He then spent the following 26 years working in the corporate world. Syed retired in 2007 at the age of 60, when he believes he had the time to pursue this project. Syed’s brilliant career spanning over two decades could not have been possible if he had not gotten financial assistance. This thought stayed with him.

In order to assist poor kids in reaching their full potential, he launched SEED USA in 2009 with the help of like-minded volunteers. The foundation was registered with the US government and began soliciting donations from those who were willing to help.

Syed explains, the community has permitted all of this influence and he is just a medium. SEED USA, which operates as a charitable trust, enlists the Indian community in the west, as well as other willing individuals, to help improve the lives of students in India. According to Hussaini, the organisation is actively implementing a slew of programmes.

He explains, SEED USA seeks to help the impoverished go to school, allowing them to earn a living. His goal remains to ensure that people’s most basic needs are met and that young people may complete their education so that they can move on to build respectable lives for themselves and their children.

To achieve this kind of influence, multiple means such as print and digital media, as well as word of mouth, are used to publicise a call to action from philanthropists and assist Non-Resident Indians (NRIs). These donations are distributed through a variety of activities carried out by Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) authorised NGOs in India. Finding the right initiatives to invest in has been one of the most difficult problems Syed has faced on his quest. With a defined goal in mind, the charity is steadfast in its adherence to legislation and selection of social organisations with whom it partners.

While many people seek out to collaborate and assist, the board’s first question is if they are FCRA certified. The Indian government issues this licence to regulate the receiving and use of foreign funds by Indian entities. One of the SEED projects that works to help women in need is the Widows and Destitute Families Support programme. In the absence of a breadwinner, these women can sustain themselves and their children through financial assistance and employment. In 2014, the SEED Foundation and Zohra Welfare Trust launched the Residential Vocational Training Institute in Karnataka to provide skill-based training to unemployed youngsters and school dropouts. Similarly, tuition for disadvantaged children is paid. In 2021, 800 college students will get scholarships.

Aside from that, the organisation has seeded free-for-all clinics in conjunction with healthcare-focused NGOs. Mujtaba Askari, the founder of Hyderabad’s Helping Hand Foundation, says that one such clinic, Rabia Clinic, is operated by them, from ambulances to treatment, and is sponsored by SEED. This clinic alone has the capacity to see up to 200 patients every day. There are approximately 13 such primary and diabetic clinics in Hyderabad, as well as one in Jagdishpur, Uttar Pradesh.

According to Syed Hussaini, SEED USA has provided financial assistance to a total of 1,50,000 underprivileged people in India this year. 18,000 of these children were enrolled in school. A total of 80,000 persons received free medical care.

This article has been edited from : https://www.thebetterindia.com/262100/syed-hussaini-seeds-usa-education-healthcare-employment-donation-nri-success/

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You can earn thousands through these 3 side jobs in lockdown

The economy has been badly affected due to Covid-19 and many people need to earn some extra cash more than ever. Here are three side jobs that could help you earn good even from home during lockdown.

More and more people want to work from home after it became the new normal during the lockdown. A survey shows that over 60 million people in the US are looking to start a side hustle or do a side job this year. Younger generations are more likely to have side hustles. But, older generations are also experimenting with the trend.

If you are keen to do a side job, there are so many things you can, even with minimal skills. Here are three side hustles that could help you make thousands of dollars every month.

Become a content writer or proofread if you are good in English

If your English is good and you are excellent in catching grammar mistakes, consider become a proofreader. If you don’t know how to do it, you can learn from Udemy courses and become a content writer. You can join Fiverr, and Upwork and start selling gigs related to proofreading and content writing on those platforms.

Start selling things online

You may have amassed a collection of technology, apparel, and domestic products, some of which you might do without. Glantzadvises getting “in the habit of selling” unneeded items in your life. Here are three sites where you can sell things online, but first check fees each of them takes from sellers.

You can sell collectibles, which are one of the most popular commodities on eBay. A vinyl copy of Prince’s “Purple Rain” sells for $23, while a skateboard signed by Tony Hawk goes for $400.

Vintage Christmas decorations are currently selling for $36 on Mercari, while vintage china is selling for $22. Dallas Wolford, a seller who made $2,400 on the app in a few months, recommends listing modest items such as kitchenware and apparel.

Poshmark makes it easier to sell clothing, shoes, and accessories. On it, a Levi’s jacket is now selling for $50, and a Louis Vuitton bag is selling for $2,150.

Rent out your home or apartment

You may own a home, or you may have upgraded to a larger or more luxurious home or apartment. In any case, try renting out your property for hours, days, or even weeks at a time.

According to the financing site Earnest, Airbnb hosts earn an average of $924 each month. Peerspace and Splacer hosts charge rent ranging from $75 per hour for a residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to $1,000 per hour for a loft in Manhattan. Check your local rules regarding short-term rentals, as you may discover that this is not an option where you reside.

There’s a long list of small jobs that could help you earn from home. But, the above side hustles are something that most people can do to a good amount.

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What to do if you still have to work from home due to Covid-19

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Covid-19 has made work from home the new normal. Find out what you should do if your return to office has been indefinitely postponed.

It has been a long time since countless people were forced to work from home, after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world in 2020. It does not seem to end soon, and approximately 86 percent of remote workers have already reported high levels of burnout.

This article outlines simple actions you may take to make remote work a more enjoyable and productive experience.

Keep your workplace apart from the rest of your house, if you work from home. Due to this you will be able to concentrate on your work and boost your productivity. Natural light has been found in studies to increase productivity and decrease sleepiness. If you get very nervous or upset as you are in a tight space, shift your desk closer to a window or decorate it to let in more natural light.

Given below are three ways to refresh your Work from Home area, if your return to the workplace has been postponed forever due to Covid-19.

The most important thing is to check that you have an ergonomic workstation

Working from home with restricted movement can be taxing on your eyes, wrists, neck, and back. This can adversely affect your health.

Dr. Nina Geromel, a physical therapist in Milwaukee, has helped numerous clients reduce body aches while working from home by advising them to take three simple actions.

First, from your typical seating position, glance at your monitor and extend your arms straight out in front of you. Geromel advises that your fingertips should not be any closer or further away from the screen, or you will strain your eyes.

Another fast test from Geromel that can assist with neck and back pain is to stare straight ahead while sitting at your desk and ensure your eyes land on your PC monitor’s top border. Geromel claims that our natural sight is roughly 20 degrees down from our eyes, therefore this test assures that your screen is neither too high or low.

Geromel also recommends examining your elbows to ensure they are bent to around 90 degrees, or slightly more, so your forearms are angled down toward your keyboard.

Set your limits

According to Amy Tokos, president of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, we’ve been restricting ourselves to these confined places where we’re working, living, and doing everything during the pandemic. There is no clear distinction between work and non-work… Our brain is always juggling these competing thoughts.

Tokos says if you work from home you should keep a separate notepad in your desk to jot down all non-work-related thoughts and tasks that come to mind. You should then stash it away until your work is finished.

Tokos also recommends purchasing a hanging file rack and noise-cancelling headphones that light up when in use to improve focus and organisation. The latter lets those at home know when you’re on a work call or can’t be bothered.

Many people do not have the money (or the space) for a private at-home office, but there are still methods to divide your workspace from the rest of your home. To create visual boundaries, engineer and design expert Isabelle LaRue suggests using curtains, a bookcase, a panel screen divider, or furniture you already own, such as a couch.

It’s critical to have a dedicated work zone in your home so that when you’re there, you’re completely focused on work and when you leave, you’re done working.

The last but not least important thing is to remember to let in the light 

Working in a windowless space with no light quickly stifles creativity. Several studies have found that sitting near a window with natural light increases productivity while decreasing tiredness. LaRue recommends moving your workstation to a window if you’re feeling constrained in your current setting. She says the view might not be spectacular, but having more visual flexibility can make you happier.

If working near a window isn’t an option, LaRue suggests decorating with bright colours, placing mirrors on the wall, or purchasing a few plants to brighten up the space.

She goes on to say that you can even set up a little grow station on your desk or a shelf with a lamp. Anything green or bright helps to give the impression that you’re outside in the sun, even if you’re not.

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Learn these 5 lessons in life early not to regret later – Towards A Better Life

Some lessons are learnt only after we have passed a certain stage in life. Learn these 5 lessons in life early in life so that you won’t have to regret before it’s too late.

Life teaches you many lessons, but it’s only wise that you learn some lessons when  you are still young. You should learn these lessons when you are young  enough to apply them. The problem with wisdom, and life lessons in general, is that we only learn them after we’ve needed them.

Given below are 5 lessons in life which if you learn early will save you from regretting when it’s too late to put them into action.

One of those lessons says “It is better to invest in relationships than in mutual funds.”

Many people place a higher value on friends than on family. The same people regret doing so when their mates and buddies abandon them. I believe that it is preferable to invest in both family and friends rather than mutual funds or businesses. Because the happiness you will receive in return for investing in relationships is something that money can never bring.

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Rejected at interview Indian woman scripts history at Tokyo Paralympics – Better Life Info

Rejected at interview Indian woman scripts history at Tokyo Paralympics

I thought it would be my last in a series of articles about Indian women proving their strengths when I published the post about Female educationist helps thousands of poor kids live better lives in India. But, that was not to be and here’s another article about a woman from India, who never gave up, despite being disabled.

Three cheers to Indian women, who seem be making it big these days.

Bhavina Hasmukhbhai Patel wanted to be a teacher but was rejected during job interview due to a disability. Bhavina Patel, who is an Indian table tennis player, has now scripted history by winning a medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.

The 34-year-old was declared the winner of the first Paralympics medal for India in Table Tennis on Sunday. She secured a silver medal in the women’s singles class 4 event at the Tokyo Paralympics after losing to China’s Zhou Ying in the final.

Zhou Ying took an early 1-0 lead in the match by winning the first game 11-7. The world number one caused the Indian paddler problems with her backhand shots, and although a close match, she managed to seize the lead.

Ying’s dominance continued in the next round, when she won another game 11-5. The third game was a closer contest than the first two, but the Chinese paddler kept her cool and won 11-6 to claim the gold medal.

The Indian paddler had previously advanced to the final by defeating world no. 3 Miao Zhang of China. On Saturday, Bhavina advanced to the semifinals of the women’s singles Class 4 event with a shocking straight-game triumph over world number two and defending champion Borislava Peric Rankovic of Serbia, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8.

Bhavina, who was stricken with polio at the age of 12, defeated her Serbian opponent 11-5 11-6 11-7 in an 18-minute quarterfinal encounter.

Bhavina Patel provided some encouraging remarks following her semifinals victory.

She stated that she did not believe herself to be handicapped. Bhavina stated that she was always confident in her ability to do anything, and she has now proven that.

Bhavina, who was born in a wheelchair, attended ordinary schools in Sundhiya village. Bhavina’s family was concerned about her future, but Bhavina never gave up.

According to a source, Bhavina’s first intention was to become a teacher, but that dream was dashed when she was rejected in an interview due to her physical disability. Her family stepped in at this point, lead by her father Hasmukhbhai Patel, who noticed an advertisement for the Blind People’s Association (BPA).

Bhavina was confined in a wheelchair and attended ordinary schools in Sundhiya village. Bhavina’s family was concerned about her future, but she never gave up.

According to a source, Bhavina’s first intention was to become a teacher, but that dream was dashed when she was rejected in an interview due to her physical disability.

Her family stepped in at this point, lead by her father Hasmukhbhai Patel, who noticed an advertisement for the Blind People’s Association (BPA).

Soon after, he enrolled Bhavina in an ITI computer course at the award-winning institute, and Bhavina’s life was revolutionised as she found and fell in love with table tennis.

Bhavina Patel reached another milestone in her life at the Blind People’s Association in Ahmedabad where she was introduced to instructor Lalah Doshi. It was after that she fast became a table tennis player and embarked on a journey that would take her to the Tokyo Paralympics and help her win a position in the sports history of India.

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Spicy Chicken Party Blogging Party

 

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If you love good food and are okay with non-veg then you won’t be able to resist these Kababs from India. I am sharing this recipe from a blogger friend Vrishty Mukhi from India who had sent me a few more to share them on my blog.

In this recipe Vristy has first marinated boneless chicken with onion and capsicum in curd, before roasting it to give it a succulent flavor.

I hope you enjoy your weekend with this recipe of Chicken Tikka.

 

Ingredients
1/4 kg Boneless chicken
125 gms curd or yoghurt
1 tblsp. Ginger Garlic Paste
1 tsp. Red chilli powder
1/2  tsp. Turmeric powder
Thick cuts of onion and capsicum
Salt for taste
Lemon

Method

STEP 1:

Take a bowl add curd,Turmeric powder and red chilli powder 😋👌pinch of salt ginger garlic paste…..and mix it…
STEP 2

Now take the boneless chicken ,the onion and the capsicum mix it with the curd marinate it…..
STEP 3:

When you are ready to grill them into the oven..first heat the oven at 240⁰C for 15 to 20 minutes…next rinse the skewers and put them on alternative chicken onion and capsicum…..
STEP 4:

Grill the kabab for 15 to 20 minutes and flip them grill them another 15 minutes..at last five minutes polish the kabab with butter…after they turn red due to chilli powder……we are done with it now you can serve it with sauce 😋👌😀👍🙌😉…….

If you have liked the recipe you can follow Vrishy here: https://cuisine6.home.blog

Even you can send me your recipes or articles and I will be glad to share them on my blog. And I am not charging anything for doing it. I am just doing as I believe is all about sharing each other posts and caring for each other.

Have a nice weekend.

 

 

 

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Female educationist helps thousands of poor kids live better lives in India

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Education is important for children from the slums, as it helps them live a better life and stand on their own feet. A female educationist from India understands this very well. Associate law professor Dr Lalita Sharma has been an educationist for almost 20 years.

This is the third article in a series of articles on my blog that show the power of a woman.

How it all started

When Sharma came to a new neighbourhood in Indore, in 2009, she witnessed a group of young teenagers and children from a nearby slum gambling, fighting on the street, and lingering aimlessly. It hurt her as an educator for 18 years to see students tamper with their future.

She discovered that most slum children were alone while their parents worked all day. So she tutored four to five children after she finished her work. She set aside an hour or two each day to teach them the school curriculum and quickly found herself with 20 slum children.

Sharma now runs an NGO called ‘Abha Kunj.’ But, when she first contacted the parents, many of them said education would not change their fate. Some even said that their daughters were destined to marry. Along with assuaging her parents’ fears, she needed to reassure herself that she was in it for the long haul.

Sharma stated that the youngsters experience emotional trauma or challenges at home as a result of poverty, quarrelling parents, bullying by senior classmates, a lack of empathy from school teachers, and other factors. They require someone who can be there for them every day or show them the potential of a bright future. I needed to be emotionally available as well as physically present.

She began teaching the children in her living room and then moved to the porch as the number of students increased.

The first month was difficult because she had to educate them how to maintain oneself clean by clipping their nails, dressing appropriately, and brushing their hair without seeming offensive or elite.

The kids eventually developed the practise of meticulously oiling their hair.

Sharma also enlisted the help of her mother-in-law and a couple of her college students.

College students viewed this as an internship opportunity and began counselling the children on career options.

As word spread about Abha Kunj, she received volunteer requests from working professionals, housewives, and retired personnel. The NGO divided students into batches based on their school schedules, and allocated volunteers to them appropriately.

Sharma educates hundreds of poor students

Through Abha Kunj, Sharma educates nearly 500 poor children every year. Over the years, she has amassed an army of 200 volunteers who have joined her in this cause. Sharma’s interventions have had a tremendous impact. Her pupils have overcome emotional, social, and developmental challenges to becoming nurses, marketing executives, engineers, and other professionals.

Sharma has received numerous recognitions and honours for her unselfish work, including the New York-based Global Women’s Award in the ‘influencer category’ in 2018.

In 2016, she was also honored by the Ministry of Women and Child Development as one of India’s “100 Most Influential Women.”

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Success story of Indian women who sell bags, other items after village hit by drought

This is the second in Better Life Info‘s series of success stories of women who have worked hard to get going during tough times. Instead of giving up, these women from a small village in Andhra Pradesh, India, formed a small business after the village was hit by a drought in 2010. Their story shows how resilience and hard work ultimately lead to success.

Chennai woman leads initiative for village to thrive despite drought

Agriculture is the primary income source for the people of this small village, called Paalaguttapalle Dalitwada, in the Chittoor district.

The village houses nearly 65 landless households and has a tiny population of about 200. Almost all the people who live there earn money from farming. However, they had to struggle after  a drought occurred in the village in 2010.

Thirty years ago, Chennai’s Aparna Krishnan  and her family had relocated to Paalaguttapalle Dalitwada. Aparna and other female villagers got an idea due to which its people thrived in spite of the drought. The initiative is led by Aparna.

She says, “A simple idea, a lot of skilled labour from the people of the village, and clever social media marketing have helped the residents of this community get back on their feet.”

Women form small business to get going after drought hit them

When brainstorming ways to tackle the economic challenges caused by the drought, the ladies got the idea of sewing bags by machine and also by hand to resume earning.

“Regardless of the task,” she explains, “men as well as women collaborate in the village.”

In 2016, several rural women began to stitch cloth bags. Aparna, with the assistance of friends such as Arun Kombai, a  designer based in Chennai, and Sai Krupa, a photographer, made use of social media to build a buzz on Facebook and other social media apps under the brand Paalaguttapalle Bags.

Aparna’s acquaintance was the first to make an order for a hundred Paalaguttapalle Bags, and these bags are now in demand in India as well as globally in nations such as the United States, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Canada, and Germany.

Paalaguttapalle Bags has produced over 70,000 bags to date, including 50 different types of bags including supermarket bags, conference bags with logos, totes, jewellery pouches, sling bags, laptop sleeves, backpacks, and gift bags.

They also make personalised clothes bags with company logos for businesses.

Aparna explains that she just advertises the products on social media; everything else, including purchasing fabric, designing, stitching, embroidering, packaging, quality checks, dispatching, and delivery, is overseen by a group of ten rural women.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the women also began creating masks and sold thousands of masks for a large profit. They also sell home-made pickles.

Working hard to support their families is what matters most to the women of the Paalaguttapalle Dalitwada village. The success stories of such women should inspire us all to work hard for success.

You can support these women through their website Paalaguttapalle Bags that has the tagline Sustainable Livelihoods for All.

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Indian woman to sell recycled coconut shell bowls in Germany – Towards A Better Life

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Once hidden behind a veal, the women of India have come a long way and have entered almost every field that was earlier dominated by men. More power to such women who want to achieve something they can be proud of, while not ignoring their duties towards their families. Even Islam allows a woman to be educated and do a job or business, although it insists that they protect themselves by wearing or scarf or a veil. Hence, I urge woman to come from every religion and corner of the world to come forward and make a mark in today’s world.

This is the story of an Indian woman who uses coconut shells to make bowls and other products. The woman is now planning to take her business global, starting from Germany.

This is the first in a series of stories related to woman empowerment that I intend to tell you through blogging.

Kerala woman starts small business using coconut shells

Using waste to create something with which you can set up a small business is a great idea. Maria Kuriakose, from Thrissur, Kerala is a remarkable example of this.

Most of us run away from starting a business because of fear of losses. But, Maria quit her job to start a small business, called Thenga.

The 26-year-old make bowls and other products from coconut shells that people usually discard. Maria sells these products on Amazon, and other online marketplaces. She also plans to launch the products overseas in countries like Germany through Amazon.

Maria wanted to launch her own business since she was a child. However,  she did not know what the business could be. She completed her MBA in 2017, before working for a corporate company.  Maria left her job within a year as she desired to work for an organization that empowered the underprivileged. This led her to join a Mumbai social enterprise that worked with poor women and made sustainable sanitary pads.

But, she got the business idea she was looking for when she visited a Thrissur coconut oil mill.

Maria says she did more research to find that some businesses use coconut shells to manufacture activated charcoal, while others burn them as fuel. Previously, various artists in Kerala used the shells to create ladles for serving food. Today, these products have little value, and the number of artists practising the technique has likewise decreased.”

This resulted in the creation of an indigenous brand called Thenga, which translates to “coconut,” which has sold over 8,000 coconut shell-based items.

Making something valuable to sell from waste

When Maria planned to market coconut-shell-based products in 2019, she consulted with artisans and professionals who were producing its byproducts. She spent several months learning how the shells are sorted and how the finished product is manufactured.

Maria says, “I discovered that specialised gear was necessary to produce items from coconut shells. The purpose of this is to scrape the outside and interior parts of the shell to give it a nice finish.”

She did not, however, want to make a huge investment in purchasing machinery merely to undertake a trial run. Maria’s father, Kuriakose Varoo, came to her help. As a veteran mechanical engineer, he knew exactly what was required to create a low-cost version of the machine.

Maria built a couple of bowls at home after selecting a few firms that disappointed her. She also printed business logos on the bowls.

She received tremendously positive feedback. If a client complains about a broken item, Maria will replace it right away, free of charge.

Thenga products to be launched in Germany

In addition to selling to businesses, Maria offers the bowls are offered directly to people through e-commerce platforms and her social media profiles. Maria struggled to acquire the correct size shells and create the bowls as her orders increased.

Though her parents assisted with order fulfilment, she felt it was inconvenient to produce all of the products at home and preferred to focus her efforts on marketing the company and developing new products.

Maria says she then got in touch with a few artists in Kottayam, Thrissur, and Wayanad who created coconut shell ladles.

She says, “These craftsmen earn a living mostly through odd occupations such as construction, but they continue to practise their skill on the side.”

The artisans already had the machinery and simply needed to be trained on what kind of shells to use to keep the size of the bowls consistent and to avoid using any chemical-based products to create the glossy finish.

Maria was able to take on more orders and extend her product line with their assistance.

By the end of 2020, Thenga had four bowl sizes, the lowest being 150ml and priced at Rs 250, and the largest being 900 ml and priced at Rs 950.

Maria also started using coconut shells to make teacups, silverware, hanging planters, and candles.

Maria says people can use the bowls for soups and cold foods. She herself makes coconut-flavored candles.

She added that Thenga has sold over 8,000 goods and is still receiving orders from  Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka.

Speaking about her plans to go global with her products, Maria concluded, “The products will be launched in Germany through Amazon in a few months.”

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