No less than 80 home artisans from Ahmedabad, Kadi and Kalol received sewing machines, tool kits and access to raw materials on Thursday as part of the Fund for the Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI).
The distribution of kits and take-out machines was part of a project of the Khadi and Gram Udyog Commission (KVIC) under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and implemented by the SEWA Cooperative Federation within the framework of SFURTI .
Apart from this, a joint facilitation center (CFC) under the Kalakruti Garment Apparel Cluster (KGAC) is being built in Kadi, Mehsana, where women artisans who are members of the Abodana handicrafts cooperative and who do not have access to machines or raw materials can use a center well equipped with machines such as laser cutting machines, sewing machines and block printing unit, and a
This is a three-year project to organize 309 women artisans in a cluster, to offer skills development trainings, thus providing them with long-term and sustainable livelihood options.
Besides the sewing machines, there will be regular skills upgrading trainings and online and offline support for market linkages, so that these women artisans are able to sell their products in a competitive market.
The first distribution of the toolkit took place in the presence of KVIC State Director Nitesh Dhawan, KVIC Deputy State Director Ajay Rajpal and Garvi Gurjari Ritesh Singh Consultant and Board of Directors.
The SEWA Co-operative Federation, in its study published earlier this month, pointed out that during the Covid-19 pandemic, women artisans were the most affected and several of them lost their livelihoods. They also had difficulty obtaining raw materials due to the lockdowns that followed.
Without access to health insurance, the sudden increase in medical expenses caused considerable financial distress to these women artisans. There is a huge gap in access to technology, especially for informal women workers, according to the report.