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Workshop for women street vendors

Posted on May 02 2014 | IBNS

By Proshanti Banerjee, Kolkata, May 1 : A workshop promoting environmentally conscious business among women street food vendors in Kolkata was conducted by Fulbright scholars at the American Centre in the city on Thursday.

The six month project, which started on Mar 1, identified 40 women street food vendors from across Kolkata, whose business are adversely affecting the environment and introduced them to indigenous, inexpensive and environmentally sustainable methods to counter the troubles.

"I am certain that after this workshop you will see the benefits of implementing these practices not only in your business but also in your homes. It will lead to a larger community involvement," said U.S. Consul General Helen LaFave during the inauguration of the event.

The workshop identified environmentally unstable practices and brainstormed ways to diminish their harmful effects.

The vendors were guided by volunteers to develop a flow chart of their business chain, mapping the activities, and eventually formulating a work plan to adopt more environmentally conscious practices.

Addressing the vendors, Indira Chakravarty said, "If you all can sell healthy food and try to keep the surrounding clean then it will be a profit for you as well as for the society."

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