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Gita and her husband Meghnad pack a long hectic day. In Keelkathirpur, rural Tamil Nadu where they live, the couple run their business of making areca nut palm cutlery. They are riding on the wave of eco-friendly cutlery that is much in demand. Two years ago, however, they were rearing livestock and just managing to make ends meet, with three young children to look after. Gita is a member of the Hand in Hand India SHG, where she was trained on running businesses. She came across the idea of making disposable cutlery and with a loan from Hand in Hand India to buy machinery, the couple was off to a start! Gita is very tech-savvy too and looks up the internet for ideas to make their business better.


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