Women in the rural areas can now look forward to earn like the male members of their family.
Jharcraft, an organisation of Jharkhand department of industries, will impart lessons to about 400 rural women on kantha stitch. After the training, Jharcraft will sell their products at the various outlets and help the women to earn.
"The main motive of Jharcraft is to provide training to these women so that it can help them in earning money. The organisation thought that only training will not help, they have to find proper avenues to sell their products. Therefore, Jharcraft plans to involve these women in various projects of Jharcraft," said Mrityunjay Kumar, a representative of Jharcraft.
The training will start from June 1 and will be conducted in Jamshedpur and at villages in Seraikela-Kharsawan. The one-and-a-half month training will be divided into two parts — basic and advanced. The embroidered saris, stoles and apparel made by the women will be marketed by Jharcraft and will be paid based on their work and design. "There are many women in rural areas who are willing to work but are not getting opportunities. We want to help them so that they can be independent at a later stage," said Chandan Jaiswal, an artiste associated with Kalamandir, who will train the women.
"I want to earn so that my family get two meals a day. I know kantha stitch and this training will help me earn," said Nisha Oraon, a woman from Kharsawan.
Telelgraph 2009 May 4