In Keranipara of Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, Goonj reached out to support a group of people under ‘Vaapsi’ initiative towards the procurement of packets of tea leaves. Hailing from ethnic tribal communities, they were earlier employed by the local electricity department. However, with the advent of digital meter boards, they too were forced to look for other employment options. As the Dooars region of North Bengal is renowned for its exquisite blend of tea leaves, with a bit of encouragement from our team member, they decided to restart the making of tea packets. Soon, an order was placed to procure packets of tea leaves, to be added to Goonj relief kits.
Vaapsi is our livelihood generation initiative. More on www.goonj.org