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Once She Couldn’t Afford Shoes For Her Children. Today, This Manipur Mom Exports Them!

The Mukta Industry produces handcrafted shoes and sandals for men, women and children. Valued between Rs 200-800, the items are popular in India as well as all across the world!

Twenty-nine years ago, Moirangthem Muktamani Devi, an inhabitant of Kakching, Manipur would have never thought her life would turn out the way it did.

Would you believe it if I said that in 1989, Muktamani lived in such conditions wherein she was unable to afford a pair of shoes for her daughter?

Her second daughter had a torn shoe sole that required immediate mending. Muktamani continued to weave a pair on the sole of her torn shoe with woolen threads. The following day, her daughter entered school anxiously because she realized that her shoes did not conform to the recommended uniform.

The teacher walked up to her and asked her who made the shoes she was wearing because she wanted to get similar ones for her daughter. That was perhaps how an entrepreneur was born.

Muktamani Devi

AS over the years, she has trained more than thousand people. The Mukta Industry produces handcrafted shoes, sandals for men, and even slippers for women and kids. Priced betwixt Rs 200-800, the products are extremely popular not only in India but all over the world! This enterprising epitome of a woman also exports shoes to Australia, UK, France, Mexico and some African countries.

National Insurance, associated with The Telegraph, honored 11 individuals in an award ceremony aptly called ‘True Legends Awards 2018’. Men and women who have positively transformed the lives of themselves and others in unique ways were honored.

Muktamani had spoken at the event which was also reported in The Telegraph. She said, “I would dedicate this award to women back home who have been working relentlessly along with me. In the beginning, I only knew how to make ends meet in my family, but today I am proud to bring in so many women like me to follow their dreams. My story of adversity gave birth to Mukta Shoes Industry.”

For Muktamani, life seems to have come a full circle–from making a shoe for her daughter to adorning the feet of many across the state,nation and the world.

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