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Restoring Dignity to Young Widows
For 22-year-old Lilbai Koli from Mirjapur village of Bhuj, Gujarat, life came to a standstill when her husband passed away last year. Being a widow at such a young age and losing the sole wage earner of the family left her with few options to provide a good life to her child. Today, she is earning her living as a Patient Care Assistant in the emergency ward of G.K. General Hospital.
Lilbai is a part of a group of women who were trained under the General Duty Assistant (GDA) Course at the Adani Skill Development Centre (ASDC) in Bhuj.
ASDC has helped in implementing the vision of the District Rural Development Authority to empower widowed women by imparting them the General Duty Assistant training. A total of 15 trainees from the batch have been successfully placed in various reputed hospitals like Lions Hospital, Levapatel Hospital and Hirani Hospital in Bhuj.
Reviving Dying Handicrafts
Until recently, Mansuri Karimbhai Umarbhai was a daily wager doing small jobs like carpentry, electrical work, etc. earning about Rs. 200-250 a day. His hand to mouth existence changed the day the Adani Foundation team visited his village in Mundra, Gujarat. He has the distinction of being one of the only surviving artisans with expertise in the dying art of Namda. Namda is one of the oldest camel wool-based crafts in India and most people are not even aware of this art. When the Adani Foundation team visited Karimbhai, he was a dejected man who had given up on making Namda products.
With the help of Adani Foundation and Adani Skill Development Centre, Karimbhai was given the task of training others from the Pinjara community in an attempt to revive this dying art. The training that began with five people has evolved into a team of 25 people working towards reviving the Namda art. The first order fetched Karimbhai about Rs. 5 lakh. Today, he is getting regular orders for Namda products and is aiming to begin exporting the products to other countries. For more information Click here
Improving livelihood of women
Savitri Armo, from Ghatbarra village of Surguja, Chhattisgarh, was left widowed at 27 years of age. She wanted to give a good life to her children. After all the problems, she started farming but couldn’t earn much from it. When she got to know about the Women’s Co-operative i.e Mahila Udyami Bahuddheshiy Sahakari Samiti Limited, she joined it.
She enrolled herself in the training programme of how to prepare white phenyl. After the training, Savitri started to run the project and is now looking after manufacturing, finance and marketing of the product. Now, Savitri has become self-sufficient and is able to support her family. Savitri has become more confident than before and is helping other women in this activity to earn their livelihood.