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33-year-old Santhali tribal woman Mira Devi lives in a remote tribal village kelo of Rania block of Khunti district Jharkhand, situated 38 km from the district headquarter and 71 km from the state capital Ranchi. Surrounded by forests, Mira’s community accesses the non-timber forest produce collections from the forest like Lac, Chironji, Mahua, bamboo etc. for their income generation. Mira Devi had a strong desire to learn some technical skills in order to support the family’s financial condition. Upskilling herself and women like her, she started creating bamboo handicrafts. Three years on, Mira Devi’s life has changed completely from a common housewife and daily drudgery to a ‘master trainer of bamboo handicrafts. Her bamboo art now fetches a good amount of returns after she mastered the skill of bamboo handicrafts. Now, she has turned into a master trainer of bamboo handicraft art and gives gainful employment opportunities to other women whose financial condition is not good and who struggle to meet their household requirements. As master trainer she conducted bamboo handicraft trainings for tribal women in other districts of Jharkhand such as Bokaro, Ranchi and Dumka. As a result, currently 8 tribal women of Kelo village work together with her. Also, she sold many products of bamboo handicraft designs where she earns a good amount around Rs 70,000 to 80,000 till the present day. In the three years span, Mira Devi’s income is now more than trifold.