We visit local communities, locate a skilled trainer (usually we always find one within the community itself), canvass potential trainees and after few rounds of discussion, we agree on a convenient place within the community itself to launch the sewing training center. We provide Rs. 7,000 as seed capital (The cost of Sewing Machine + Accessories Cost). Post that, we connect them to the wholesalers/retailers who buy stitched petticoats and blouses. Young girls and women get hands on experience in stitching and sewing. After the training hours, they enthusiastically work to produce for the orders received and deliver within committed timelines. With the capital provided for training and the revenue generated by selling finished products, the sewing center and participants earn enough not only to sustain but also pocket some regular profits on a regular basis.
Some numbers below, for the statistically minded:
Locations: #Patna, #Vaishali and #Samastipur in Bihar.
Total number of Sewing Centers: 10 (7 Active + 3 Looking for sufficient number of trainees to restart)
Number of young girls and women trained so far: 56
Number of young girls and women under training: 98
Units Stitched and Sold: Around 4,000
The Good Part: Small groups, easily accessible training centers (as they are within the community, often within walking distance), trainees become trainers, and start on their own as well. Trained girls and women can work from home to run their own local business of sewing and stitching. This can be set up easily and is quickly scalable.
The Best Part: The immense satisfaction that we derive and the happy, confident, financially independent (at least to an extent), happy young girls and women!
Here are some pics from our sewing center in #Samastipur