Odisha youths learn entrepreneurial skills from YouTube

Keonjhar: Video sharing platform YouTube changed the life of three youth of Odisha’s Keonjhar district by helping them find a sources of employment. Three youths- Kishore Chandra Sahu (19), Ganeswar Sahu (27) and Niranjan Sahu (37)-of Halpodi village under Telkoi block in Keonjhar are now running a slipper manufacturing unit in the locality.

The idea of manufacturing sandals for a source of income was born when 19-year-old Kishore came across a video of a slipper manufacturing machine on YouTube. He later went to Balangir to get some ideas about the slipper manufacturing. Later, he purchased a manual slipper manufacturing machine at Rs 70,000 and some raw materials.

The teenage boy , who quit his studies later started selling his products in the local market at a price range of Rs 80-Rs 100. He also started supplying his products to local market.

Kishore said due to financial constraints of his family, he could not opt for higher studies after completing Plus Two Science. However, he hopes to become self-sufficient by running a successful slipper manufacturing unit.

Similar were the stories of his friends Ganeswar  and Niranjan. Ganeswar, who could not clear Plus Two Arts, was sitting idle after completing ITI. He also worked as a salesman in a shop in Telkoi market for some days whereas Niranjan was earlier doing farming and running a grocery shop to eke out a living after his Matriculation.

After getting to know about the machine and watching its video on YouTube, both of them purchased it from Gujarat around 10 days back and started the manufacturing business. Now, all the three youth  are sweating out hard manufacturing slippers for a living. Each person is now making minimum 50 pairs of the footwear per day to earn between Rs 500 and Rs 700 per day.

Meanwhile, locals opined that the state Government should come forward to incentivise such persons to promote startups in the state.

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