Bhubaneswar: With the support of Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, under its Livelihood promotion initiative, Subhalaxmi Cooperative inaugurated the Tailoring Training Centre for the cooperative member at village Banjari on Sept. 12th. A total of 8 sewing machines with accessories have been provided at the centre for training. Mr. Lokesh Sharma, General Manager, Vedanta Ltd. Jharsuguda inaugurated the Tailoring Center in the presence of Mr. Sundar Raj- Head CSR, Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, Mrs Pushpanjali Seth- President, Subhalaxmi Co-op, Board of Directors and other members of the community.
Mr. Lokesh Sharma, General Manager- Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, focussed on the importance of skill development training and how these can prove to the stepping stone in the sustainable livelihood support & income generation.
He also encouraged and motivated the SHG members to progress towards a self-dependent and self-reliant future.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sundar Raj, Head CSR- Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda said, “Vedanta is commitment towards the social & economic upliftment of the rural women of Jharsuguda and the tailoring training program launched today is another step closer towards realizing the dream.”
A three-month training program will commence on Sept. 13th which will benefit 17 members of 4 Self Help Groups of village Banjari. Subhalaxmi Cooperative, with the support of Vedanta, has conducted a multitude of tailoring training programs in the past. This year Mrs. Sukanti Manjhi, who is also a beneficiary of such a training program and now runs her own tailoring shop, would be imparting the training. After the conclusion of the first phase, two more three-months training modules would be launched in two more clusters.
The tailoring training program is one of the company’s many efforts to provide skill development training to the Subhalaxmi Cooperative members in rural Jharsuguda. In addition to this more than 30 training programs in various trades such as mushroom cultivation, tailoring, poultry, goat farming, dairy, vegetable cultivation, floriculture, etc. have been planned for FY19-20, with the intention to reach nearly 860 members of Subhalaxmi Co-op. Aimed at ensuring sustainable livelihoods for women, Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda carries out various skill-gap bridging activities in collaboration with Subhalaxmi Co-op. Currently, the co-op supports 1779 women entrepreneurs in farm & non-farm trades microfinance services, with the aim of adding more than 600 new entrepreneurs into the fold of the co-op by the end of next year.