Junmoni Gogoi, a young housewife from the Dekhiajuli Sonari Maut Gaon in Titabor sub-division of Assam's Jorhat District, used to have a difficult time managing her household with the limited income of her husband, who works as a daily wage labourer.
Most people in the village, as well as in neighboring villages, depend on agriculture and weaving for their livelihood.
However, the establishment of a new industry in a nearby village has given hope of a better life to Junmoni, and many others like her.
She collects and delivers bamboo sticks and manages to earn about Rs.2000 every month.
She is happy, as now she is able to send her daughter to a private school.
"By selling bamboo sticks, we are able to earn money, which we use for our children's education. It is also good, because now we have money to spend on ourselves. We work in the factory, and so, we are able to supplement the family income," she said.
Polash Baruah, a 31-year-old educated youth, started the factory that supplies bamboo sticks to incense industries at his native Dekhiajuli Sonari Gaon last December.
Though it's just a few months old venture, Polash has succeeded in providing employment to many villagers from four nearby villages.
Ten men are permanently employed in the factory and 91 women from four villages are engaged as indirect registered labor.
At present, he supplies finished products to Silchar and Dhubri within Assam, and to Kolkata, Bangalore and Gujarat outside the state.
He plans to add more machines to provide employment to more villagers.
Baruah said: "There is a huge demand for bamboo sticks in the market; the Northeast is the major supplier of bamboo because it's easily available here. A bamboo based industry has huge prospects of growth in the northeast."
Tante Sonowal Konwar, a worker, said: "My husband works, but whatever he earns, is not sufficient to run the house. However, now I earn some additional income, so, we are able to lead a better life."
The success of many young entrepreneurs in the region will inspire more educated unemployed youth to explore new innovative business ideas and become self reliant.