In a pioneering initiative to support the Women Vendors of the State for better access to their rights and knowledge on business, “Uplifting Women Street Vendors” was initiated. It was officially launched on 13th October 2017 with funds raised through various means. The project seeks to ensure that the training benefits the most deserving women who can in turn educate their peers and keep the change in motion.


The project’s first cycle was piloted in Kohima. Each cycle comprises of two sessions seeking to fulfil the objectives of the project with different groups of women. Given the expertise of EA in the entrepreneurial world, EA proposes to conduct Basic Business Skills Training (BBST) with the women street vendors in phases across the state. The main objectives of the project are:

  1. To capacitate women street vendors in Nagaland.
  2. Give them basic business skills and understanding on how the market works.
  3. To positively impact the business habits of women street vendors through sessions on customer services and ethical business to ensure vibrant long term business.
  4. Facilitate financial empowerment through savings, stock, and finance management.
  5. Create awareness on product knowledge.
  6. To sensitize the women on health & hygiene related topics.
  7. To educate the women street vendors about their basic legal rights.
  8. Make them model entrepreneurs to influence their families.

Since its inception in October 2017, the project has expanded to Dimapur and Pfutsero and reached out to women street vendors in partnership with various organizations. The details of the project till date are: