DevikaGurung in COWE list of 100 Women Faces of India 2018
Gangtok, 10 Aug:
Sikkim’s DevikaGurung has been shortlisted as one of the 100 women faces 2018 of India [womennovator] by Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs – India [COWE]. She is recognized as one of the faces to motivate and develop women entrepreneurs in India by COWE in association with University of Chicago.
DevikaGurung has been selected by a panel of jury comprising of prominent faces of India namely Babul Supriyo [Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise],AvijitDutt [Actor], NainaLalKidwai [Chairperson, India Advisory Board of Advent International Private Equity], Suresh Raina [Indian Cricketer],PareshRawal [Indian film actor],ShereenBhan [Indian journalist and news anchor], Blossom Kochhar [founder, Aroma Magic], ArunachalamMuruganantham [founder/CEO,Jayashree Industries] and SonamWangchuk [founding-director, Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh].
Devika grew up in Sikkim with an aim to be a doctor or an engineer that was set in her mind by the society when her real calling was creativity.
After completing 12th in Science stream, she decided to pursue photography in Kolkata. She also joined a BPO to earn a living. However, dissatisfied with the job, she quit Kolkata and returned to Gangtok in 2011 without any degree or a job.
Her love for writing luckily found her a job in one of the local media houses in Gangtok. In 2015, she started her social entrepreneurship project, Fidgety Fingers.
Her initiative aims to aid underprivileged women to become financially and socially empowered. She trains women to knit and crochet as a means to earn a living.
Currently, a total of 12 women have been employed by Fidgety Fingers. It is a self-funded project being promoted by North East Rural Livelihood Project [NERLP] in South Sikkim. With a total of 47 women trained through NERLP in rural areas of South Sikkim, the project is growing rapidly.
Presently, she is training women inmates at the State prison inRongyek, East Sikkim. The month-long training is being conducted in association with Sikkim State Women’s Council.