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These transwomen from Tiruchi turn challenges into opportunities

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Tiruchi: If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that circumstances change and the only way forward is to adapt. Demonstrating this, a group of transwomen from Tiruchi have not only found ways to be self-reliant and meet the needs of the people, but have also set an example.

United under the banner of ‘Tiruchi Pasumai Patru’, a team of 10 transwomen set up a shop in 2017 for juices, coffee, knick-knacks and ornamental plants. But then came the pandemic, spelling doom for small businesses. However, he noticed something – there was an increase in the demand for potted herbs and organic manure.

But he didn’t know much about either of these. “So we all took some courses on organic farming from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) Krishi Vigyan Kendra,” says Kajol, a member of the Tamil Nadu Transgender Welfare Board who led the team.

“We felt deeply about this because we were aware of how chemicals, added to plants, affect the soil, and in turn, our farmers and our health,” he said. She further explains that this helped the group find a sense of direction. .

About a year ago, Transwoman began selling potted herbs, compost, panchkavia, and fish amino acids. Panchkaviya and fish amino acids are used in organic farming. Now, some of them plan to start small gardens in Tiruchi and sell products used in organic farming under the brand ‘Tiruchi Pasumai Patru’.

“These organic products enhance the nutrients and fertility of the soil. We hope to sell our products exclusively from next month. We are also planning to sell immunity-boosting potted herbs,” says Pooja, a member of the group. are.”

However, they do not have mass production facilities, so they plan to approach Collector S Sivarasu and request a bigger space to work. “We also need some cows to make these products. We hope the administration will help us,” says Bhumika, another member, who is also a farmer.

Kajol says the team dreams of having enough space for mass production. “We know what to do. We just need help to establish ourselves and get a place to start production. We want to show that transwomen can make a difference in society.

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