In order to provide alternative employment, various vocational training programs are being taken up. Some of the programs taken up are: training nurses, tailoring, hand/machine embroidery, mould making, candle making, papad making, pickle making, and incense stick making. Plans are being made to start tailoring production units and food processing plant in the program area.
In order to provide employment for School dropout girls, a tailoring program has been initiated and 10 batches of 20 girls have completed this training program. The course is for a period of 5 months. 40% of the girls trained have purchased tailoring machine on their own through SHGs or on their own and have started stitching clothes of the villagers in their house. On an average, they are earning around Rs.400/- to Rs.3000/- per month depending on the season and the month.
A Tailoring / Production unit has been initiated during July 2005 in Begur, and 6 girls have been stitching School Uniforms, Petticoats, Aprons, Kurtas, Night Gowns, Nurses Uniforms, Aprons & Bed sheets for the hospitals. The trust helps in marketing their finished products.
A two days training program in March 2005 was organized on specialized candle making including packing. Mrs. Bhagya Ajai Kumar trained 5 girls in this program. In this year, we have trained six more girls in this program. The trainees were trained in making different types & varieties including semi transparent & floating candles.
Six women of SHG's have been trained and are now making Rice, Black gram and Horse Gram Papads. This production unit was started in June 2005 and IHDUA has helped in marketing over 25,000 Papads.
All the above vocational training had been planned so that supplementary employment is provided to women. IHDUA plans to initiate other vocational trainings during the coming years in the Project area. IHDUA will help in marketing by opening outlets in Mysore, thus providing employment to women.
TRAINING IN AGARBATHI MAKING:
This program was initiated in 2 villages covering 26 beneficiaries. This training was for a period of one month. During the training program, the women were able to make around 100,000 sticks. After the training program, these women were given raw materials and the Trust will make arrangements to sell the same under the UJWALA brand. This program will provide employment to women when there is no agricultural work (usually 6-8 months in a year) and the family can earn a nominal amount. This program will be expanded to other villages of the program area and our target is to give employment to at least 1000 women in the next 5 years.
Ten SHG women were trained in Pickle Making for three days in CFTRI, Mysore. Production centre has been started in C.V. Pura and they are making lime, mango, garlic and citron pickles and IHDUA has helped in marketing over 1500 kgs of pickles.
Girls from the Project area, who have studied Std.X & above, who have discontinued studies are identified and sent to Bharath Hospital & Institute of Oncology, Mysore for training in Nursing. This training is for a period of 2 years. They are given boarding & lodging by the hospital. Once trained, they are either absorbed in the hospital or are recruited by other hospitals. They are lot of demand for nurses in hospitals & they draw a salary of Rs.2000/- to Rs.4000/- per month, apart from providing free accommodation. About 33 students were identified and sent for nursing during this financial year.
All the above vocational training had been planned so that supplementary employment is provided to women. The Trust plans to initiate other vocational trainings during the coming years in the Project area. IHDUA will help in marketing by opening outlets in Mysore, thus providing employment to women. IHDUA has made a beginning in marketing of the above products by taking stalls in Mysore Dasara exhibitions, JSS Urban Hath and Builders Association.