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The threat caused by the COViD-19 is challenged in rural Lakhimpur of Assam by a woman entrepreneur by a creative way has been applauded by all across the district.

Sulekha Hazarika, a widowed woman entrepreneur from Ghanhigaon village in Lakhimpur’s Ghilamora is making face masks with the floral patterns of the gamosa, the mark of honour in Assamese culture and selling them to people in cheap prices to fight the spread of the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus.

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“I’ve a tailoring enterprise at my home through which I earn modestly to run my family, but with the news of outbreak of the coronavirus I started making face masks from cotton sheets”, says Sulekha, who has been singlehandedly  raising a nine years old daughter since she was 11 months.

“Initially I made masks from cotton sheets and distributed among the children of our village for free. But as the demand grew, I started making masks from the gamosas that I stored at home,” says Sulekha.

“People demanded masks only with gamosa patterns. But, as you know, gamosas cost a lot. So I sell them at Rs 20 to Rs 30 per piece to meet the costs. Now I’m selling around 50 to 60 gamocha masks daily,” she added.

Sulekha Hazarika is also asking other women of her village who have sewing machines to make similar masks to meet the present demand created due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Farhana Ahmed

Farhana Ahmed is Northeast Now Correspondent in North Lakhimpur. She can be reached at: