NGOs organise skill-based training for women in Alandi

Neha Basudkar
Friday, 12 April 2019

Vivek Gaurav, Founder of Visionary Fighters, said, “Initially, we did a door-to-door survey and interacted with the women in 50 households at Alandi. While speaking with them we realised that since they have to take care of their household chores they are unable to use their talent."

PUNE: Usha Valunjkar, a housewife living near Dehu Phata lost her husband last year who was working as a conductor in State Transport (ST) bus. To make ends meet, she started cooking for her own tiffin centre. Valunjkar knew that she is a good painter. A small training programme provided by city-based social organisation Visionary Fighters turned the tables for her. “Now I paint pots. I am enjoying the work and I am getting paid well too,” Valunjkar said. 

She is one of the 100 women from Alandi who benefited from skill development programmes ‘Sarathi’ which began from April 1. 

Youth for Sustainable Impact is another Odisha-based social organisation who is a training partner with Visionary Fighters.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Vivek Gaurav, Founder of Visionary Fighters, said, “Initially, we did a door-to-door survey and interacted with the women in 50 households at Alandi. While speaking with them we realised that since they have to take care of their household chores they are unable to use their talent. Hence, we requested them to join the skill development training programme where they can learn and earn from their hidden skills.”

Neha Shaw, Founder of Youth for Sustainable Impact, said, “When we met the women in Alandi, we noticed that they have various types of skills in them especially stitching, embroidery and painting. We took a one-day session for them and made them understand that by learning these skills they can start their own business and earn well out of it and the women got convinced.”

“Most of the women are good in their skills. Hence, we just have to show them the correct way of using it. We just show them once or twice and they start doing it,” Shaw added.

Another Dehu Phata resident, Swati Wabale who is undergoing training, said, “I am a housewife and my husband works in a private firm. But still, we face a shortage of money every month to raise our children and run the household chores. I had attended the one-day session and understood that by using my skill I can start my own small business which can solve all financial problems.”

EMPOWERING WOMEN
- Skill development training syllabus covers fine arts, handicrafts, embroidery, cloth bags, paper bags and handkerchief printings. 
- Currently, there are 100 women who are attending the training conducted at Dehu Phata in the morning and afternoon batches. 
- The organisation have a target to reach up to 2,000 women in Alandi.

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