New Delhi: ASMITA, as the name suggests is a women-oriented project of Netsurf Network, one of the leading direct selling companies. Under Netsurf’s CSR arm, the project has brought around 400,000 women, called ‘Asmitas’, on board.
With Netsurf’s colour cosmetics brand, “Rang De”, the company has taken the initiative to donate one pack of sanitary napkins to the women living in tribal areas, for every Rang De product sold.
With this, the number of sanitary napkins given by Netsurf to around 900 tribal women has reached 2000 in number.
The packaging surfaces of all products under Rang De range are utilized to showcase Indian tribal art forms like Madhubani, Tikuli, Bhil, and Warli. These are the actual paintings created by tribal artists from across India.
Netsurf will incorporate maximum possible tribal art forms in Rang De’s packaging in the coming future. With an aim to return back to society, Netsurf has taken a step further, especially for the women from deprived areas.
Transforming the lives of many women, Netsurf has created a wonderful opportunity to bring Asmitas on board as its direct sellers.
Direct sellers are the individuals who want to explore Netsurf’s direct selling business as their career. Direct sellers can avail multiple income opportunities in the form of different Commissions, Incentives, Rewards, and recognition.
These Asmitas have contributed 27.56% in Netsurf’s ’turnover in fiscal 2017-18.
Currently, the project is getting attraction from across the country including Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Delhi, Thane, Solapur, Nagpur, Nashik, Satara. It has been flourishing gradually in different parts of Maharashtra also where women have fewer income opportunities to support their families by earning additional income.
Aiming to achieve the ideal 50:50 ratio of male and female direct sellers in next three years, the company has started a unique reward & recognition system especially for Asmita direct sellers, ‘Club Asmita’, for the exceptional work they have been doing and promoting them further in this business.
Speaking of products, most of the products are women-oriented. At present, Asmita’s are more involved in retailing personal-care, homecare, health care, and colour cosmetics ranges of Netsurf.
Under the leadership of Sujit Jain, Founder, Chairman & Managing Director (MD), Netsurf Communications Pvt. Ltd. initiated its operations in India with organic farm care products, rightly foreseeing the future of the global environment. Gradually, Netsurf introduced 57 products ranging across health & wellness, personal care, colour cosmetics, home care and agriculture operating in633 districts and 5000 blocks.
“The overall direct selling space in India as well as worldwide is dominated by women. In India 58% of the direct sellers are women. However, till the year 2013, 80% to 85% of Netsurf Network’s direct sellers were Males, therefore introducing Project Asmita was a very thoughtful decision. The biggest challenge was to introduce the right products that Asmita’s could sell and to educate them about the products and to make the business model more welcoming to them. In addition to personal care and home care products, we recently launched a new range of Herbal Colour Cosmetics which is going to be a game-changer for Asmita direct sellers,” said Sujit Jain.
He further added that their efforts are paying off well, as today Asmita’s contribution in overall Netsurf’s turnover is 25-30%. While direct selling is still not considered as a serious career in India, they are proud of the fact that they have a good number of Asmita direct sellers & it’s great to see that these women are helping their families by providing additional income in rural areas as well as metros.
Insights from Asmitas:
- Buddha Rani Limbua from Sikkim, initially a consumer of Netsurf products became a direct seller with Netsurf herself and started retailing the products in her social circle. She says, “Project Asmita justifies its objective of making business seamless and easy to do for women. Metro and cosmopolitan cities have ample career opportunities for women. However, the scenario is not the same with smaller cities. Project Asmita is a perfect option for women who are ambitious and want to create their identity irrespective of the area they live in. It makes them not only financially independent but a lot more confident and content in their life.”
- Usha Bhanushali is an Asmita direct seller with Netsurf from Maharashtra. At present, she is very close to earning Rs 1 Cr in the business. Usha says, “I have a big team of Asmitas and my observation says that it makes them feel good about themselves. They learn, earn, become independent and eventually, it’s a very empowering experience. I know many Asmitas who equally contribute to the finances to run the family. It gives them a feeling that they are capable of making their own decisions and don’t have to depend on anybody.”
- Vandana Khandare, is a make-up artist from Nagpur and runs her own salon. She says, “This project has transformed our lives in many ways. The comprehensive training programs not just taught us the intricacies of this business but we have learned life lessons too. The company imbibes an egalitarian culture, where women are respected and given equal opportunities, which is truly encouraging. Most importantly, we feel great about the fact that we are involved in the process of empowering other women by encouraging them to be independent.”
- Kinjal Patel an Asmita direct seller from Ahmedabad says, “I want to tell them that it’s time to take your career seriously, even after your marriage and motherhood because it’s more than about just earning money. It’s about your self-esteem, getting recognised and feeling empowered. Especially when options like Asmita are available where you can choose your working hours, you can work from wherever you want.