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Successful Completion of Skills to Succeed Baking Training

Pro Rural in collaboration with Quest Alliance, Accenture and Assisi Vocational Training Centre has successfully completed the first baking training. The students who enrolled for Skills to Succeed project had the privilege to go through soft skills and technical skills for self-employment. The purpose of Skills to Succeed which was for 3 months course targeted especially to unemployed youths to give training basically on self-employment along with Quest Alliance inputs relevant for self-employment generation. Besides the Pro Rural training staffs some experts were hired for technical skills. Mr. Renphamo Ezung, the winner of Naga Chef Season 4, 2016 and the owner of Ren Creamy Creation was accompanied by Mr. Rhonthungo Ezung, Renjamo Ezung, Nyamo Ngullie and a session by Kenzevinuo Yano (Alumni) of Skills to Succeed. Also the next batch is due to start from second week of January 2019. For details contact Kevineituo Tepa (Project Coordinator) Pro Rural- 9774493289.

S2S Alumni Meet


One day planning and review meeting with Quest Alliance was held on 8th August 2018 at Pro Rural Office, Dimapur.  During the Meeting Pro Rural updated the learning, success and challenges from S2S project during the last two years.  The need to develop for a strong and relevant module was discussed in length and accordingly the curriculum for Self-employment training under S2S for the next two years was thoroughly deliberated and finalized. Self-Employment training for 3 months will include with a minimum of 60 working. Technical skills will cover 20 days  hours for specific trade related for employment/self-employment and 40 days for foundational skills.

The Alumni get together program was held on 25th August 2018 at Niathu Resort:

With 48 trainees and Imtisunep Longchar, Co-founder and Director of Ilandlo as the guest lecturer for the gathering was very enriching and moral boost event for those who are planning to start business also for those starting it. The main feature of the gathering was exchanging learning and experiences sharing from the trainees who started their own self-employment work in various areas. Kezevino Yano who is pursuing her Ph.D. shared her encounter with Pro Rural and her experience in baking.

Mrs. Hoisang Chongloi, a house wife also shared her experiences of how she supports her family by keeping mushrooms.

Imtisunep Longchar who was the guest speaker for the occasion challenged the gathering by sharing his experience of how he struggled as an educated unemployed, and what took him to the level where he is now. He said, “If you don’t want to go higher never start a business”. ‘Patience and creativity are two qualities without which any self-employment will not grow and thrive’ said Longchar. Some mile stones and upcoming activities were shared by Pro Rural.


The Initiative of Fostering Economic Opportunities for Building Peaceful Society through Promoting Dignity of Labour and Entrepreneurial skills started in 2015 at the backdrop of unemployment crisis that was leading to rapid petty crimes, violence, and social unrest in the state.  The people of Nagaland particularly the unemployed youth, and the effected parents are helplessly frustrated for not been able to break the stalemate and find career and future for their children.

The coming of Quest Alliance in Nagaland by supporting Pro Rural has helped open the eyes of hundreds of unemployed youths today. Youth leaders, social thinkers, and development activists, bureaucrats, civil societies, elders have participated at various skills to succeed programs and training’s and widely acknowledge the initiative for self-employment being a critical importance.

The support of the district administrations and Municipal council of Dimapur, Church, and other prominent public leaders, activist, entrepreneurs have been very encouraging and helpful towards achieving the objectives of the project.  Today on the whole the people of Dimapur are extending their co-operation in the implementation of the project.

Since July 2016 –August 2018, Pro Rural has conducted various programs starting from regularly visiting homes and organizes consultative meetings, orientations and training, hand holding, follow up works on various traits at various levels like locality level, sometimes cluster of localities. Altogether 299 have been trained and the impact is very visible.

  1. There is obvious noticeable attitudinal and behavioural change amongst the reached youth
  2. Reduced unemployment in a small way
  3. Reduced anti -social elements and petty crimes at homes, colonies and in the city
  4. Reduced wariness, restlessness in the family, because many of the trained youth have become asset from liability.
  5. The income of few families have become slightly better
  6. There is a popular demand of similar training from youth, parents, colonies, villages.

Seeing all the processes and demands there is great need to upscale the current project. Therefore, we have planned larger numbers of beneficiaries leading to a new level with a very comprehensive Self-employment curriculum for the students.

S2S: Interim Project

The purpose of my Quest interim program for six months (January to June 2018) targeted unemployed youths to give training basically on self employment along with Quest inputs relevant for self- employment generation. The target was number to mobilize 90 youth for training and self employment during the six months interim period and 63 students will find job or self employment opportunities. Pro Rural has successfully completed the interim project with 75 percent placement to the trainees. The students who enrolled for S2S interim project had the privilege to go through soft skills training such as,

  • Understanding self: Context, interest and abilities
  • Personality development: Self-confidence, risk taking and problem solving
  • Understanding Self-employment and its prospect and challenges.
  • Foundational skills for entrepreneurship: Accounting, financial management and communication skills
  • Market Scan and Business Plan.

Also the technical skills for self-employment such as,

  • Baking Cakes, Doughnuts, Cookies and Candies etc.
  • Soup and detergent making
  • Waste Paper recycling for decorative pieces

Besides the Pro Rural training staff, some experts from other organization were also hired for technical skills. Mr. RenphamoEzung, the winner of Naga Chef Season-4, 2016 was the Trainer for the 1st Batch Practical training at Skill Alli Training Center Chumukedima. And  Ms. H. HiviShikhu, owner of The Bakesmith Bakery  was the trainer for the 2nd batch technical training, miss Elizabeth, Grace Provision Enterprises, and Heshu Henry, Founding Director of Community Development foundation was guest facilitator for Foundational skills for entrepreneurship: Accounting, financial management and communication skills

In the current interim project, Pro Rural has trained 100 students in four batches for self-employment, and small scale enterprises. Out of the 100 students, 65 trainees are into self employment and retailing, supplying their products to families and friends who are running shops, door to door selling, supplying to relatives, friends, neighbors etc. Eight trainees who are already employed but want to enhance their family income through My Quest program are also baking, making decorative pieces with waste papers and preparing dish wash, Soaps and detergents etc. during their free time and selling their products by selling their products to friends, relatives and neighbors.  25 Trainees are continuing their studies in various fields and 2 are looking for suitable job opportunities.









Training and Impact Summary:

a Summary Placement
b Total number target: 90
c Total number trained 100
d Total number employed in other sector 08
e Total self-employed / small time retailing: 65
f Continuing studies/students: 25
g Looking for placement opportunities 02
Total: 100

SBIF: Project Waste to Gold Updates

Pro Rural Dimapur launched” Project Waste to Gold”, supported by SBI Foundation at Model Colony Sumi Fellowship Hall, Purana Bazar Dimapur with Shri. Thejavizo Nakhro, EAC Chumoukedima as the Chief Guest on 24th November, 2017. Below are the main activities and updates on Project Waste to Gold:

Waste Collection

Pro Rural started waste collection from the project site on 4th December. Wastes are collected every alternate day early in the morning. Besides the driver and helpers, workers/volunteers were placed in every ward/locality that helps in collecting and loading the waste into the pick-up truck. Wastes were collected at designated pick up point from Model Colony. Now, the locality has remarkably improved on cleanliness and a sense of discipline among the people is observed. The people have become habituated in storing their waste properly and giving it to the collection truck.





Awareness Activities

Starting from 4th December, Pro Rural staff carried out door to door awareness programmes and distribution of Pledge card. To make it more effective, the awareness programmes was carried out house-to-house. During house-to-house awareness activities, the Pro Rural team explains the basic of waste management and benefits of segregation of waste at source to the residence and also makes them sign on the pledge card not to litter or throw waste in the open.





Volunteers Purana Bazaar

The project work consists of collecting waste every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, after which it is taken to the composting plant for segregation and composting. Under this project, there are driver for the pick up trcuck, helper, waste collection and segregating volunteers and waste compost workers. Each employee is equipped with proper protective gears like hand Gloves, Boots, uniforms and working implements and tools.





Mini Community Compost Plant

Pro Rural started Segregation of Waste and composting at the Mini Compost plant set up for the Project Waste to Gold at Naga United Village, 4th Mile Dimapur in the month of February 2018. A Mini Community Compost Plant was constrcuted and unemploed youths from nearby localities are employed for segregation and composting activities at the compost plant.

Garbage to Gold with Dimapur Municipal Council

Pro Rural in collaboration with Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) launched the “Project Garbage to Gold” on 20th January 2018 at River Belt Colony. The objective of the project is to convert Bio-degradable household level waste into manure. According to DMC liaison officer, Ganesh Kumar, River Belt Colony was given the first opportunity for emerging as the winner of the cleanest Colony under DMC in 2017 and that the remaining colonies under DMC would also be covered with 30 beneficiaries each in a phased manner. On the day the project was launched, 50 beneficiaries from River Belt Colony were provided training on how to compost bio-degradable kitchen waste and turn them into manure that can be used for manuring the garden, flowers or use to clean the drainages and sinks. After the training, all the 50 beneficiaries were given a set each of Compost kit: A bucket with tap, a packet of G2G powder and a stopper/masher for composting the bio-degradable Kitchen waste. Dimapur Municipal Council provided all the financial support for the implementation of the project and Pro Rural imparted the technical training, follow-up activities and the reporting.





Till date a total number of 13 Colonies has been covered with 410 Beneficiaries namely:

  • River Belt Colony (50)
  • Kevijau Colony (30)
  • Lingrijan Colony (30)
  • Island Colony (30)
  • Niu Colony (30)
  • Old Flyover Colony (30)
  • Sematila Colony (30)
  • Lake View Colony (30)
  • Viola Colony(30)
  • Chakesang Colony(30)
  • Middle point Colony(30)
  • Kyong Colony(30)
  • Oriental Colony(30)

SBI Foundation’s Monitoring Visit: 13-16 May 208

Shri Stephen Arockia, from SBI Foundation, Mumbai visited PRO RURAL, Dimapur from 13th to 16th May 2018 and monitored the implementation of the Project Waste to Gold in 10 wards of the city. The unique Project on converting domestic wastes into compost manure is supported by SBI Foundation, Mumbai with the following objectives:

  1. Piloting on a waste treatment module to convert all biodegradable wastes into organic manure that are marketed by youth trained and deployed as waste managers.
  2. Pay-for-service, business model where selected youth pick up the household wastes from ward to ward and get paid on a monthly basis. A unique sustainable business model.
  3. Educate and make citizens aware on the need of better civic sense and better waste management.

The following is a brief highlight on the visit of Mr. Stephen of SBI Foundation to Pro Rural.

On 13th May, a brief meeting to finalize the visit plans took place so as to maximize the time available at hand.

Date: 14/05/2018

a) Field Visit to the waste collection process in the serviced wards was done at 6am. The waste collectors with the mini truck goes to the colonies by 4.30am and the jeep is loaded fully by 6.30 from the 10 wards of the two localities. The monitoring group went behind the waste collection truck at few pick-up locations.

In the morning around 6.00 AM, Stephen along with Pro Rural Team visited the project site and inspected the waste collection system.

b) Meeting with the Village Council:

After the monitoring visit to various wards on waste collection activities, Stephen and Pro Rural Team had a brief meeting with the Village Council Leaders. The village council Chairman and his colleagues welcomed the visitors with presentation of their traditional colorful muffler/sash.





c) Visit to Compost Plant

Next visit to the compost site: The trench composting pits were filled with the day’s collected wastes. The team visited the Mini Community Level Compost Plant set up by Pro Rural with support from SBIF. Practical activity on how the segregated Bio-degradable waste were composted and turned into manure which can be used for manuring in the Vegetable Garden, Flower Garden, and Farms etc. was also demonstrated during the visit to the Mini Compost Plant. The newly constructed shelter house from the project was also seen.







d) Meeting with Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC), Chumukedima Block, Thejavizo Nakhro

Mr. Stephen along with Pro Rural Team had a meeting with the Administrator of Chumukedima Block, Govt of Nagaland, under Dimapur District at his office at Chumukedima and had a brief discussion on how best waste can be managed and how the Administration along with NGO’s can work together. The EAC shared how the administration is managing waste in their jurisdiction and also the challenges and the difficulties faced by them. Pro Rural has been meeting the EAC often and developing plans together on managing the solid waste within the jurisdiction of Chumukedima Block. Pro Rural team also shared a PPT presentation on Solid Waste management to the EAC and his staff in one of such meeting.

e) Meeting with the Administrator of Dimapur Municipal Council, Moa Sangtam:

Pro Rural Team along with Stephen from SBI Foundation had a meeting with the Administrator of Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) at the latter’s office at 2.30 PM. The CEO of DMC briefly shared his vision of making Dimapur cleaner. He shared that people’s participation and civil societies engagement is important to achieve cleaner Dimapur. He also pointed out how Pro Rural is contributing to reduce waste by encouraging kitchen waste composting.

Meeting with both the Officials of the District Administration have been positive as both the officers have been encouraging private players to help minimize waste in the city and also they were keen in finding ways to convert the waste into resource, which Pro Rural has initiated.

 Date: 15/05/2018: 2nd Day.

a) Visit to households who are taking part in Kitchen Waste Composting.

With production of the Bio-digester granules, Pro Rural started a kitchen waste composting for gardening. The initiative has been supported partly by Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC). DMC has provided the compost buckets to about 290 families and Pro Rural has provided the technical training to the families selected by the DMC. Pro Rural team along with Stephen visited few families that are successfully composting Kitchen Waste and using it for kitchen gardening on 15th May.

b) Check of Audit and Accounts:








  1. Pay-for-Service, as agreed is to be started from July 2018. Each family using the services of the pick up truck will start paying Pro Rural at Rs.30/ or Rs.50/ per month per family. The Village Council will give the final rate within June 2018 after their public meeting. The amount to be collected will sustain the servicing by the waste workers and the vehicle maintenance after the project.
  2. The Compost Products from the mini compost will be sold at Rs.20/- per kg. Already about 200 kgs are sold and momentum is achieved by this month. The proceeds will go to self-sustaining the project.
  3. A team in Pro Rural has perfected their skills in Producing the Bio-Digester organic granules which are sold at Rs.80/ per kilogram. The proceeds will go to self-sustaining the project.

Pro Rural team is propagating its unique waste management system and the team is called to give training at locality or institutional levels. A nominal institutional fee is collected for being resource team. Such proceeds will go to sustain the project.


Tour: a short tour of Dimapur was undertaken in the morning of 16th May 2018 to understand the city better. The visit to the weekly market at Super Market complex and a brief visit to the unique one of its kind stone park, culminated the visit.

Two days training on Entrepreneurial Skills at Zunheboto Town

A two day training on Entrepreneurial Skills was conducted at Zunheboto Town from April 4-5. An initiative by B & T Trust comprising of two individuals – Bovito Kiba and Tovito K Sema, in collaboration with Pro Rural Dimapur.

Chuthuzhuni Chache from Pro Rural was the Trainer for the two days training on Soap and Detergent making and Dish wash preparation.

Training and Exposure Trip to Shillong

As part of the SBI Foundation supported “Project Waste to Gold” that was launched on 24th November, 2017 at Model Colony Sumi Fellowship Hall, Purana Bazar Dimapur, Pro Rural staff took the Volunteers from the compost plant for a week long training and exposure to Shillong to see and learn how the Shillong Municipal is managing waste and composting. The team visited Shillong Municipal dumping site, the compost plant and also learn how to produce Organic digester that are used in composting and kitchen waste management. Th visiting team were facilitated and trained  by “IAINEHSKHEM” SHG based in Shillong.


Pro Rural Dimapur launched” Project Waste to Gold”, supported by SBI Foundation at Model Colony Sumi Fellowship Hall, Purana Bazar Dimapur with Shri. Thejavizo Nakhro, EAC Chumoukedima as the Chief Guest on 24th November, 2017. The program was led by Miss Chüthuzhüni Chache from Pro Rural and invocation by Ms. M. Twinkle Akito, Asst. Women Pastor EDSBC, Purana Bazar. The project will cover Model Colony and Jorapukhuri under Purana Bazar, Dimapur and service to about 2000+ families.

Mr. Adahe Neli from Pro Rural shared a brief past and current activity of Pro Rural and mentioned that Pro Rural has been in the front line in the field of Environmental issues since 2012. He highlighted the current project and said that the current project is to tackle the twin problem of Youth unemployment and Environmental issues in Dimapur. Through this humble initiative, Pro Rural aspires to provide employment to few unemployed youths in the area by employing them as door to door waste collectors , segregate waste and set up a mini community composting plant and compost the biodegradable waste to make manure-Black Gold and develop a sustainable livelihood through this activities. He seek the support and cooperation of the local community leaders and members to make the project successful

Smt. Hatneikim Imsong, Chief Manager (Compliance and Risk) SBI, RBO Dimapur in her speech shared about SBI CSR and its Vision and Mission and said that SBI CSR wants to become a premier CSR institute.  She also mentioned how difficult it is to get CSR project this days and congratulated Pro Rural for reaching this far and becoming eligible and qualified to get this CSR project from SBI Foundation. Shri. Vikuto Wotsa, GB Model Colony and Shri. Khevihe Chophy, Retd District Session Judge from Jorapukhuri also spoke and ensures their full cooperation towards implementing the project. Shri. Vikuto Wotsa also shared about the waste problem in their area and mentioned that people dump their waste at any open space. This was done specially at night and many people dump their waste as they drive past which makes it difficult to catch them. Shri.Khevihe Chophy shared how they grew up in the olden days and says we need to “commit our lives for good cause”.  Both the GB ensure their full support and cooperation

Shri. Thejavizo Nakhro, EAC Chumoukedima in his speech mentioned that this kind of initiative will benefit the people socially and economically. This kind of project is a win win initiative. He also appreciated the model of the project where some unemployed youths will be given employment and help them to develop their livelihood through this project. In an urban set up, where the urban authorities are finding hard to manage waste and ways to reduce waste, it is a welcome initiative. As the Administrator of the area he encouraged the local community to extend maximum support to Pro Rural. He also encouraged the local community to segregate waste which will make the task of the workers easy to manage. He said he look forward to work together with Pro Rural even in other localities and ensure to extend his full support.

The Launch program was attended by around 60 people including the Council Chairmen, GBs, retired Bureaucrats, Judges, Officials and leaders from Model Colony and Jorapukhuri, SBI, RBO,Dimapur, Dimapur Municipal Council, Nagaland Pollution Control Board, CAN Youth and other well wishers. Mr.Vikuto Achumi from Pro Rural pronounced the vote of thanks. Thereafter, the Chief Guest Launched the Project by cutting the Ribbon on the Vehicle to be used for waste collection in the Project Waste to Gold and the distribution of work implements, tools, protective gears and Uniforms was done by Smt. Hatneikim Imsong, followed by refreshment.

Group Photo


Chief Guest: Thejavizo Nakhro, EAC Chumoukedima cutting the Ribbon

Pro rural in Partnership with SBI Foundation

Project Title: Waste to Gold

“Building Capacity of vulnerable youth and promoting best practices of Solid Waste Management through community participation and creating livelihood in Dimapur, Nagaland”


  1. Address unemployment among vulnerable youth
  2. Contribute to better waste management through deploying trained youth for collection and processing of Domestic Solid Waste and convert them to Manure.


  1. To train and deploy youths for better management of the city’s waste on a “Pay-For-Service” business model.
  2. To identify some needy and vulnerable boys and girls and train them to become efficient Waste Wise Managers
  3. To set up a bio-degradable waste processing and composting unit as a demonstration cum income generating activity. By 8th month to start earning some income.
  4. To achieve at least 50% reduction of the volume of waste dumps in the targeted areas within 6 months from the start date.
  5. To improve urban governance and management through this Public-Private Partnership initiative in which community participation is solicited and improved response of the community is achieved within 12 months.




  1. Identify/select needy youths and name them as Waste Wise Managers
  2. Train them how to manage and segregate Waste
  3. Provide Technical knowledge on how to produce G2G Granules
  4. Train them how to compost waste both at the family level and community level
  5. Residents to be trained by the WWM on how to segregate their waste at source.
  6. WWM to promote Waste to Gold concept and train families that wants to implement household level composting with live demonstration on how to use the G2G powder to compost the biodegradable wastes.
  7. Set up a Community level compost plant and compost bio-degradable waste to Manure/Black Gold
  8. Form SHG group and produce G2G powder, manure and market to make the project Self-Sustainable

 Supported by:  SBI Foundation