In Science and Space: In a unique initiative to empower artisans and introduce passengers to local heritage and traditions, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has provided space to sell products to self-help groups (SHGs) at Surat and other airports in the country. started. Space allocated to her SHG as part of AAI’s Airport as Venue for Skilled Artisans of the Region (AVSAR) initiative will help women belonging to these groups reach people across the country with their products. AAI Chairman Sanjeev Kumar told ANI that the AVSAR initiative “will not only provide a platform for SHGs at the airport, but also introduce travelers to the heritage and traditions of the region.”
She said her 90% of the products are homemade. “It’s a great opportunity. Women in self-help groups create products according to their abilities. Then sell everything on the premises of the airport. Surat Mahanagar Palika and airport authorities have given us the opportunity to sell our products here. Previously, they only sold their products in the Surat market, but now people from all parts of the country buy their products. We have had a good response from buyers.” Jewelry, clothing, crafts, and local snacks were among the women’s items available at the airport.
Areas of 100 to 200 square feet are alternately allocated to her SHG, showcasing products made by the country’s women and artisans. Passengers at Surat Airport praised the craftsmanship and products on offer. They said you can see quality local products at the airport itself without having to go outside. Passenger girlfriend Bhavika Makwana, who had a snack at one of his SHG outlets, said the ingredients were fresh and tasted good. Local seller Jyoti Prajapati said previously he could only sell his products in Surat, but now he can sell them to passengers from all parts of the country.
Surat Airport Director Aman Saini said women are proving the SHG platform to sell products and help airport visitors to recognize local products. She said, “People appreciate quality products. Surat Mahanagar Palika helps us with self-help groups. Facilities on the airport premises are available for select groups for 15 days.” After 15 days another group takes over the place. We charge them a nominal fee, not a commercial fee,” she said.