The tribal societies in India are considered among the weakest sections of the population in terms of common socio-economic and demographic factors such as poverty, illiteracy, lack of developmental facilities and inadequate primary health facilities. Indian society suffers from the substantial disparity in terms of education, employment, and income based on caste and ethnicity.
Tribal women in Odisha are illiterate; local contractors and landlords use them for hard daily labor. Empowerment means giving the individual the power to think and act freely, exercise choice, and to fulfill their potential as a full and equal member of society.
Tailoring in India traditionally is a male occupation, so women – especially the poor and underprivileged ones – are usually excluded from this and other professions. Opening this avenue as training and job opportunity not only provides them with a salary but also helps to establish confidence and to elevate the weight of their voice and their share in decision-making processes in their families.
HOW WE ARE HELPING
Vision India decided to start sewing schools. Our first school is in the village of Santipadar, Laxmipur block, Koraput district. Our second school was started in September 2020 in in the Angul District among Dalits and a lower caste group.
In these training centers, tailoring skills are offered free of cost. Students are trained by a qualified professional tailoring teacher. Certificates are given to those who successfully complete the course.
These tailoring classes enable women in tribal areas, rural and suburban areas to earn their own living, making them self-confident and self-sufficient. After completing 4 months of training, some women can start their own tailoring shops, while many can secure well-paying jobs in the export garment factories in the nearby areas, or sub-contract work from large scale tailoring shops.
Vision India is also committed to empowering women and helping them develop confidence, character and identity to work in rapidly changing global environment.
We continue to follow up with graduates and make ongoing business and practical advice available.
Our Goal for 2021 is to start another school. A Sewing Center will cost approximately $5000 which includes sewing machines, two embroidery machines, accessories, rent of the location and salary of a Master Instructor.
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