Nagaland’s Vechulou Kanuo, Executive director of Chakhesang Women Welfare Society (CWWS) was awarded the “CII Woman Exemplar 2018” by the Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu on April 8 at a function in New Delhi.
An eminent panel from the Industry and social sector selected the three awardees from a group of 15 finalists from across the country. Kanuo received the award in the field of micro-enterprise. Two other awardees included Munni Begam and Asha.
Kanuo Trained Over 11,500 Farmers
Kanuo, who took over as secretary of CWWS in 2000– an NGO under Chakhesang Baptist Church Council (CBCC), led it to a vibrant social organization that transformed the lives of innumerable rural women and communities under Phek district. She was able to provide guidance in modern agriculture and animal husbandry to 10,586 women, farmers and youth, seeding thousands of small entrepreneurs in the deep rural interiors of Nagaland.
The Award is part of the CII Foundation Woman Exemplar Program (WEP) which focuses on promoting women’s empowerment at community levels by discovering and recognizing those persons who have carried out exemplary work for the uplift the society.