This program aims to empower under-privileged women in India by providing nationally accredited vocational training and education, which will open work-place opportunities for women. The target group are illiterate, jobless, down trodden and poor women of Pembara Village.
Pembara Village is a town in Koyilandy taluk of Kozhikode district in North Malabar region of Kerala State. Major religions are Islam and Hinduism with Christianity a very small minority. Women do not have equality in the home, community, in education and social status.
The project seeks to provide vocational training to women who are in need of support to establish themselves in life and in communities of their own. The mission of the program consists of number of elements such as:
- To train women to have a government recognised qualification which will open opportunities for jobs.
- To train women to create small job-business possibilities for themselves.
- To support women to start job opportunities to make them sustainable.
- To employ capable candidates in producing garments as part of the program in the small industry in the context.
- To create opportunities for women to have a social status equal to men in the Indian context by having a privilege of job and income.
- To establish a micro-finance system to contribute to the sustainability of the community in India.
At the end of this training program, each candidate will have the following Pathways:
- They will be equipped and qualified to find a job anywhere in India, which will contribute to their livelihood.
- They will be eligible to apply for a small business loan from TransIndia Ministries in order to start a business. (Those who receive a loan must start paying it back in small instalments after 12 months)
- They will be employed by TIM’s small business industries to produce garments, embroidery etc. in the context
Register with the Government of Kerala
The project requires to be registered in three levels: first, with the government of India – national accreditation; second, with the state government –state accreditation; and third, with the local council – approval in the context. This process of registration opens a national level possibility for the women.
- Certificate in Fabric Making (6 Months Course)
- Diploma in Fashion Designing (1 Year Course)
To begin with, we need one qualified full time Christian trainer who can teach up to 25-30 students in two sessions: in the morning one session and in the afternoon another session. We interviewed some candidates, ready to choose one.
The program requires one Christian person to look after the whole business. This person will act as the director or manager of the program.
Venue: The place must have 150 square metre (1500 square feet)
Machines: We need to have:
- 5 sewing machines;
- 1 embroidery machine;
- 1 over-locker machine;
- 1 fashion maker machine
- 6 Computers: one for office; five for student lab
- 2 cutting tables
- 10 Plastic chairs
The school is operational from 1st July 2015 as the funding for the establishment of the school has been provided. Ongoing support is required of $1050 per month to pay ongoing expenses over the next few years.
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