Preserving Tra­di­tion at Langthel in Trongsa

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To pre­serve tra­di­tion and also to help poor peo­ple in re­mote area of the coun­try, Tarayana Foun­da­tion has in­tro­duced many projects un­der two gewogs of Trongsa Dzongkhag.

Phuntsho Wangmo, Su­per­vi­sor of the Pro­ject said, Monpa com­mu­nity is the most re­mote place in Trongsa. Al­though Monpa is the ori­gin of the Bhutanese they lack in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion of the mod­ern world, more over they are eco­nom­i­cally back­ward.

Know­ing that in the year 2003 Her Majesty the Queen mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck in­tro­duced dif­fer­ent types of pro­ject in Langthel to make Monpa com­muni- ties more com­fort­able and also to cre­ate equal­ity among the Bhutanese.

The Pro­ject has given an op­por­tu­nity to many poor peo­ple to cre­ate self suf­fi­ciency.

Of the many projects Phuntsho men­tioned two which are prom­i­nent in Langthel. The tra­di­tional pot mak­ing and turmeric pow­der mak­ing (Youngka) lo­cated below Gup of­fice has em­ployed six vil­lagers from Monpa com­mu­nity.

In tra­di­tional pot mak­ing, three Mon­pas are trained and em­ployed. They are pro­vided with quar­ter, ma­chiner­ies, raw ma­te­ri­als and even trans­porta­tion and mar­ket­ing of their prod­ucts are done by the Tarayana Foun­da­tion. Em­ployee can make pots as much as they can and price their pots ac- cord­ing to its size.

Twenty five year old Guen Dema el­dest of three sib­ling said, al­though she can­not work full time in pot mak­ing, she earns a good profit dur­ing oc­ca­sions like Tarayana Trade show and also dur­ing lo­cal fes­ti­vals.

De­spite fa­cil­i­ties, Guen Dema even got chance to visit sev­eral places like Kolkata, Thim­phu and Paro where she have never been be­fore. “I was born in re­mote place and never thought of reach­ing such beau­ti­ful places be­fore.”

She said that be­ing an el­dest in the fam­ily, she doesn’t get full time to make pot “if I spend full time then it will be prof­itable.” “What I need is sam­ple,” out of mud she is ex­pert to make spoon, plate, glass, con­tainer, bot­tle, pot, cups, and Jam­jee. “I wish I had a sis­ter who can stay with my two old par­ents so that I can work full time in pot mak­ing.” said Guen.

There are also chal­lenges she faces in pot mak­ing. “pots should be burned to dry but while burn­ing many breaks down.” Guen said. Trans­port­ing of the prod­uct is also chal­leng­ing for her. “I need to be very care­ful dur­ing trans­porta­tion.”

As of now she didn’t re­ceived any com­plaints from her cus­tomers. “It’s my se­cond year work­ing in this field and I don’t have any com­plaint so far.”

Turmeric pow­der pro­duc­tion, an­other pro­ject of Tarayana has em­ployed 5 Mon­pas. For this ma­chiner­ies and Asian plant seed is pro­vided by Tarayana. Pro­ject has also given them land for the plan­ta­tion.

Su­per­vi­sor, Phuntsho said, peo­ple are not tak­ing in­ter­est in this farm. The rea­son she said is be­cause most the peo­ple now are not aware of th­ese lo­cal prod­uct. “I am in­form­ing some peo­ple I in­ter­act with but pro­duc­tion is also low now” she said.

“Monpa peo­ple are very lucky, if they know how to grape the op­por­tu­ni­ties, they can make enor­mous dif­fer­ence in their leav­ing stan­dard. But peo­ple are not that aware of im­por­tance of Kidu granted by Her Majesty the Queen mother.” She said.

She is now plan­ning to ex­plore the mar­ket with the peo­ple work­ing in the pro­ject.

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