Lockdown boosted love for plants; TVM lady makes income through indoor plants
Before lockdown, Thiruvananthapuram Pattom native Anila Binoj was busy with writing, reading and anchoring. But when the pandemic caused a crisis, she started growing indoor plants and managed to earn a decent income from it. Now she supports her family and also offers a little help for the children from other states who seek treatment at the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC).
A biochemistry graduate, Anila has also completed a course in interior architecture and is working as freelance writer. She used to anchor cookery shows in various channels. But her life was confined to indoors after lockdown was enforced. As she loved plants, she decided to grow and sell indoor plant. Her husband A B Binoj and children Arman and Farhan also supported her venture.
Now, Anila grows indoor plants on terrace and court yard. Plants are sent to customers via courier. But this was difficult during triple lockdown. At present, she gives plants only to those who can reach her residence and also supplies to a nursery nearby. Price of the plants ranges from Rs 100 to Rs 2500.
Peace lily, mother-in-law’s tongue, snake plant, money plants, Monstera deliciosa, Rhaphidophora hayi and Philodendron are some of the indoor plants in Anila’s collection. A cancer survivor, Anila provides financial assistance to the children through Kinginikkoottam cancer care society for the last 3 years.