When we met a young group of women in Rayate in Kalyan block, Thane district, Maharashtra, we could immediately sense that they were rearing to start something of their own. All they needed was a little nudge. We connected with our local partner Yuva Sanskar Bahuuddeshiya Samajik Sanstha, to mobilise these 34 women, organise 5 sewing machines for them to start learning tailoring.“Earlier, if we wanted to take sewing instructions, we had to travel go a long way”, says Sujata Deepak Kathore, a trainee, “and as a result, we were unable to participate in those training programs. #Tailoring is a way for us to make money while on the fly, by doing small and simple jobs. This really is very valuable training for me.” Poornima Ramchandra Varakute, another trainee says, “Through the sewing training, I can help strengthen the financial situation of my family. This could turn out to be a long-term, permanent employment opportunity for me.”Now that these women have completed the training, the work has further been expanded to more than 12 neighboring villages. Through our rural livelihood initiative ‘#Vaapsi’ pan India #Goonj is creating employment opportunities for rural communities that also address a local need.
A journey of dignified livelihood
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