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Janitri

Entrusting and Empowering Mothers 

Vision :

"Empowered women, sustainable communities, a thriving planet."

Mission :

"At Janitri, our mission is to empower women through economic opportunities and to foster environmental stewardship in our communities. We are dedicated to providing women with the skills, resources, and support needed to achieve financial independence and sustainable livelihoods. By promoting eco-friendly practices and sustainable development, we strive to create a cleaner, greener future for generations to come. Through education, advocacy, and community engagement, Janitri aims to build a society where women and the environment thrive together."

This mission statement reflects Janitri's commitment to both women's economic empowerment and environmental sustainability, emphasizing education, resource provision, and community involvement.

Story of Janitri 
 

Dr. Rumi Borah, an impassioned social entrepreneur and women's rights advocate from Assam, gazed out over the lush, verdant fields of her homeland. The Brahmaputra River flowed gracefully through the land, its waters a lifeline for the communities that had thrived along its banks for centuries. Yet, as she looked, she saw not just the beauty but also the struggles that plagued her beloved region: poverty, lack of opportunities for women, and the pressing threat of environmental degradation.

With a heart full of resolve, Dr. Borah founded the KRB Foundation, naming it after the three powerful symbols she cherished: Knowledge, Resilience, and Balance. The foundation's mission was clear: to empower women economically and promote environmental sustainability, thereby transforming not just Assam but the world.

The Dawn of Janitri

Dr. Borah began her journey from Assam, She called her movement "Janitri," meaning "mother" in Sanskrit, symbolizing the nurturing and sustaining power of women. She believed that empowering women would bring prosperity to families, communities, and eventually, the entire society.

Dr. Borah's journey began from Assam. Recognizing the untapped potential of the women in her community, she organized skill development workshops focused on sustainable practices. These workshops provided not only practical skills but also a sense of empowerment and purpose.

Embracing Entrepreneurship and Innovation

To ensure that the women could turn their skills into sustainable livelihoods, Dr. Borah introduced comprehensive entrepreneurship training. Women learned to develop business plans, manage finances, and understand the principles of a circular economy. They were encouraged to think creatively and innovate, using local resources in new ways.

Microfinance initiatives provided the necessary seed money for women to start their own businesses. These ventures included weaving, soap making, candle making, organic farming, and crafting eco-friendly products. The foundation's mentorship programs offered continuous guidance, helping these new entrepreneurs navigate the challenges of running a business.

Circular Economy and Sustainable Practices

A key aspect of Janitri’s philosophy was the circular economy. Dr. Borah emphasized the importance of creating products with a lifecycle that extended beyond their initial use. Workshops taught women how to repurpose waste materials into new products, reducing waste and creating additional revenue streams. For example, leftover fabric from weaving was transformed into accessories, and organic waste from farming was used to create compost or biogas.

Marketing and Sales Training

Understanding the importance of reaching broader markets, Dr. Borah introduced marketing and sales training. Women learned how to brand their products, create online stores, and participate in local and international trade fairs. This exposure was crucial in taking their products from local to global markets. Janitri's products, known for their quality and sustainability, began to attract attention from buyers worldwide.

Expanding Globally

The success of Janitri in Kamrup did not go unnoticed. Dr. Borah was invited to share her model at international conferences, attracting attention from NGOs, governments, and environmental organizations. Partnerships were formed, and the Janitri model was adapted globally.

Janitri helped rural women adopt sustainable agricultural practices, improving food security and economic stability. 

Innovation and Creativity

Innovation and creativity were at the heart of Janitri’s global success. Dr. Borah launched initiatives like solar-powered weaving looms, reducing reliance on electricity and minimizing the environmental footprint. Eco-tourism projects provided additional income sources while promoting environmental conservation. Waste-to-wealth programs turned waste materials into valuable products, showcasing the creative potential of sustainable practices.

A Global Movement

Janitri grew into a global movement, but its roots remained firmly in Kamrup. Dr. Borah continued to innovate, launching new projects and ensuring that education remained a core focus. She believed that educating girls and women was essential for long-term change. By equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to drive Janitri’s mission forward, she ensured that the movement would continue to thrive.

Legacy of Dr. Rumi Borah

As the years passed, Dr. Borah's legacy flourished. She received numerous accolades for her work, but her greatest reward was seeing the transformation in the communities she had touched. Women who had once been marginalized and voiceless were now leaders, driving economic growth and environmental stewardship.

Dr. Rumi Borah's vision had started in Kamrup, Assam, but it had blossomed into a global force for good. Janitri stood as a testament to the power of women and the profound impact of sustainable development. It was a movement that had changed the world, one empowered woman at a time, demonstrating that with the right skills, support, and determination, women could be the change-makers society needed.

White Flowers
Award Ceremony
Women's Economic Forum
Local Saras Mela
Candel Making Workshop
Skill Development Workshop
Women Leadership Seminar
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