Training & Community Development

Tailoring centre for underprivileged women artisans.. Another step towards promoting self-sustainability …

With the objective of providing self-employment opportunities to the underprivileged women artisans, a training centre was started at the Sanjay Nagar slum area of Jaipur, about 4 months back. A lot of women here have already learnt various skills & are able to produce bags, buntings and a range of other home decor items. Looking at the interest of many women & to add more skill sets, a tailoring set-up was also extended at the Training Centre. The objective was to train those who are new to this work but want to learn the basics of … Read More

SETU Training Centre for underprivileged women artisans

SETU has been working towards the development of skill sets among the women artisans, thus empowering them to create a sustainable and dignified living for themselves. With this objective, a training center was started in the urban slum areas of Jaipur on 17th of October 2018. The objective of starting the center in the slum area came out of the idea that majority of the women reside here and having the center in the vicinity makes it convenient for them to participate. It is a multi-skill center, with expert trainers being appointed for …Read More

Skill up gradation workshop for silver jewellery artisans

With an objective to constantly upgrade the skill sets of artisans, Kallista designs in association with SETU Society, organised a skill up-gradation workshop for the silver jewelry artisans at Jaipur. These artisans are working with us since a long time and we have supported them in multiple ways, like: by providing monetary help in purchasing raw material for jewellery, by sponsoring advanced machinery for finishing and cleaning during the jewellery making process, Design support etc. To help them earn sustainable livelihood, Kallista also … Read More

International Women’s Day at SETU..

On the occasion of International Women's Day, SETU organized a five-days' workshop on Product Design and Skill upgradation for women artisans at Chohtan village near Barmer, Rajasthan. The workshop was conducted from 8th March to 13th March, in association with our partner artisan group SURE . A total of 40 women from the nearby villages of Navatala, Binjrad and Bidhani attended the session held in the Chohtan campus. The Program started with a discussion on the status of women …Read More

Livelihood Training Workshop for the women Artisans..

Women empowerment is one of the foremost objectives of SETU. Making women literate & financially independent are the two main pillars that make them empowered in real sense. To achieve the mission, SETU has been running a literacy centre at Govind Garh, Rajasthan for the illiterate women in that locality. To take the women towards the next step of self-reliance, SETU conducted a livelihood training workshop for them. The objective was to develop necessary craft skills & inculcate self employment opportunities among the artisan … Read More

Product Design and development Workshop for the Paper-Mache Artisans, Srinagar(J&K)

A Product designing and skill development workshop was organized for our Paper Mache artisans, based at Srinagar, Kashmir. The Group is engaged in making beautiful and unique artifacts from recycled paper, which are then hand painted in fine traditional & modern designs. The objective of the one month long training program was to engage underprivileged women in the craft so as to open livelihood opportunities for them. Also, it aimed to improve the designing skills of artisans and make them aware of the current product design trends … Read More

Tailoring Centre for the women artisans

To achieve the long term objective of empowering the women artisans by making them proficient in skill based work, SETU opened a tailoring centre at Malikpur Dhani. The women artisans are associated with SETU for the past many years and earlier have also been part of our learning initiatives project for the elderly, where the women have successfully learnt how to read & write. To achieve women empowerment in true sense, our next step was to make them self-sustainable. SETU has already been training them for doing hand 'kantha' stitching … Read More

Design and Skill Upgradation Workshop for the tribal artisans of Odisha..

In the present times, a lot of the illiterate youth is moving to urban areas in search of employment and many end up living a life in slums, frustration & crime. Being unskilled, they do not have interest in practicing the traditional craft forms and thus they do not have any direction as to how to earn a decent livelihood and live a respectful life. There are a few tribal communities in Odisha where the craft and skill of making ethnic tribal jewelry is still alive amongst the local artisans but they need to upgrade their designs & …Read More

Celebrating Fair Trade Month at SETU….

The month of October is celebrated worldwide by Fair Traders as the Fair Trade Month. SETU always tries to conduct some special & meaningful activity to mark the occasion. This time we conducted a series of skill development training programs for our underprivileged women artisans engaged in making upcycled products. The week long Training Program started from 16th of October and was organized in Jaipur for the under privileged women. These women live in slums, belong to male dominated, traditional households and are not permitted to go … Read More

Skill Up-gradation & Training Workshop on Batik hand printing for the underprivileged women artisans of Bhuj..

With an objective of upgrading the skills of artisans, specially underprivileged women, so as to enable them earn sustainable livelihood for themselves, a workshop for a duration of one month is being conducted by SETU, starting from 15th of july 2016 at Mandavi Bhuj. The beneficiaries of the training Programme are women artisans engaged in making Bandhani crafts . These artisans are local craftsmen based in Bhuj and are associated with our partner NGO VRDI . SETU is associated with them for the past many years. The workshop was organised on … Read More

Tailoring and Designing skills workshop for underprivileged women..

With a view to promote sustainable livelihood opportunities, SETU conducted a 15 day long tailoring and designing workshop for the underprivileged women at Wazirabad. The training programme started on 5th of May and continued till 20th May 2016. The women involved belonged mostly to minority communities with male dominating environment. Many of the participating girls and women artisans in the workshop were sole breadwinners of the family and needed financial support. The objective of the workshop was to make the women artisans proficient … Read More

Women Empowerment initiative – Providing Livelihood skills to the underprivileged women, at Milakpur Dhani & Kaladera, Chomu..

To achieve women empowerment in the true sense, women need to be equipped with 2 main things: basic education & financial self-sustainability. There are many underprivileged women who are not only illiterate, but also do not have any livelihood skills. Such women lack self-confidence and are usually the most prone to social exploitation and male dominance, with little or no say even in their immediate family matters. They are unaware of their rights and have no way out of the vicious situation they are stuck in. To help these women come …Read More

Workshop on women’s rights & Free distribution of Solar Lanterns…..

International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. SETU celebrated the occasion with the underprivileged women artisan community of Barmer, Rajasthan engaged in embroidery and appliqué work. SETU is associated with the artisan community since past many years. The artisans of the region are facing an acute shortage of electricity which is hampering their quality of life. Many homes do not have electricity and where power is available, the power cuts are quite frequent and the artisans have to carry out craft work and their … Read More

Livelihood Training Program for the women from Tailoring community

SETU carries out skill based community development programs and workshops for the artisan community on a timely basis. These skill based programs help the artisans in shaping their skills and exploring new avenues of employment. The programs are specially designed for the women artisans so that they can be breadwinners for their families or contribute to the family income. In the series, a seven day workshop, providing self employment opportunities to the women from the tailoring community associated with SETU was organized at Gajsingh Pura, …Read More

Training Workshop for teachers at Women Literacy centres of Gajsingh Pura, Milakpur Dhani & Kaladera, Chomu, Jaipur, Rajasthan..

With it's long term objective to make the artisans and their families educated, specially women, SETU has been running 3 literacy programmes. These have been specially designed for the illiterate women from the artisan communities. Two centres were started in November 2014 ; at Gajsingh Pura, and Kaladera, near Jaipur, Rajasthan. Besides providing primary education to the artisans so as to help them read & write, the aim of the training programme was to make them confident, aware & eligible for various Government schemes & small … Read More

Education Centre at Milakpur Dhani for the women artisans

With the objective of making underprivileged women self sustainable and spreading awareness on the importance of education, SETU has been running 2 education centres for the women, especially focussing on adult education i.e., providing education to the illiterate women in the age group of 18- 50 years. Both the centres have been successfully running since over a year and the participants have benefitted greatly and are able to read & write, even getting jobs! In the series, another literacy centre has been started for the kantha stitching …Read More

Skill Development Workshop on Soy candle making for the Differently Abled Artisans

SETU believes in self sustainable growth of the artisan community and provides self employment opportunities to the underprivileged and downtrodden sections of the society. Handmade products have a large potential, requires less investment and offers infinite self employment as well as job opportunities. Special needs people with disabilities and persons with weak mental strength can also create handmade products beautifully and can support themselves & their families financially. With this objective of promoting employment avenues … Read More

Computer Training Programme for the artisans..

Distribution of certificates to the participants by SETU To ensure all round development of the artisans, SETU had started a computer training project in the year 2014 to provide technical education to the artisans & their families at our partner NGO, SURE, based at Binjrad village of the Barmer district of Rajasthan. This small village is located at a distance of 75 kms from Barmer, and adjacent to the India – Pakistan Border. The region is known for its traditional handicrafts like appliqué & embroidery which is one of the …Read More

10-day Workshop on Jewellery designing & skill upgradation for artisans

SETU organized a 10-day skill-upgradation workshop in association with SETU's partner artisan group 'Anwesha', based in Orissa. Anwesha is a non-profit organization working for the underprivileged artisans in rural and tribal backgrounds. SETU supports the artisan group by providing them with international marketing platform to sell their products. The underlying objective of the workshop was to improve the design skills of artisans engaged in making brass metal jewellery and introduce them to new techniques of jewellery designing. Emphasis … Read More

Skill up-gradation workshop for the wood carving artisans

Artisans need to hone and up-grade their skills from time to time to keep up with these competitive times where the customers need new and innovative designs & products every day! Keeping this in mind, SETU organized a 10-days skill up-gradation workshop for our wood carving artisans, between the period of 2nd March to 12th March 2015 at Kajiwala village in U.P. The workshop is a part of the long term objective of SETU to achieve artisan development by upgrading their skills, teaching them new product processes and helping the artisans …Read More

Tailoring Centres in Narsapur district of Andhra Pradesh for the crochet lace artisans, specially the HIV affected and their families..

In our mission to promote economic independence for underprivileged women artisans, SETU has come up with two training centres for tailoring in remote villages of Narsapur district in Andhra Pradesh. Training centres have been established in the two villages (one center in each village) of Narsapur district viz Mogultur and Appanarmunilanka. Our crochet lace women artisans live in these areas. Among the community of crochet lace artisans, some have been found to be HIV positive and in some cases, their family members have lost their lives … Read More

Workshop to develop tailoring skills in underprivileged women artisans

SETU constantly endeavours for women empowerment by way of developing livelihood generating skills, so that the women can become economically independent and can also contribute to their family income. In the series, a fifteen day long tailoring workshop, with the motive of inculcating stitching/tailoring skills in the poor women artisans coming from the underprivileged and downtrodden sections of the society, was conducted in Kaladera, Chomu.(65 kms from Jaipur) from 14th July to 29th July 2014. A total of 20 women artisans received training …Read More

Block Printing Workshop for the special needs people

In its constant efforts to support the differently-abled, SETU organised a training workshop on Block printing for the special needs people at Very Special Arts, New Delhi on 2nd May 2014. This was second in the series of these training workshops to be organised here. Earlier in 2013, similar session was conducted at VSA who is our partner artisan group since many years. VSA is a non profit organisation that works in the area of using art as a form of therapy & skill development of children and adults with disabilities. The NGO director, … Read More

Skill Development Programme for livelihood generation for women (8th March 2014)

Locality: Mazdoor Nagar Basti, Jaipur In continuation with the series of livelihood generation programmes for women coming from the underprivileged and downtrodden sections of the society, SETU organized a training workshop for women residing in the slum areas of Mazdoor Nagar Basti, Jaipur, on the occasion of International Women's Day, 8th March 2014. Making women financially self sustainable is one of the most important steps to women empowerment. Aims and Objectives of the Training Programme: • Development of basic skills like …Read More

“Imparting Computer Training to the Artisans” On route to being tech savvy….

SETU is associated with many women artisans doing appliqué and embroidery works, braving poverty as well as the harsh conditions of the Thar Desert region in west Rajasthan. Opportunities for livelihood and development are low. SETU tries to make them self-sustainable by partnering with them and helping them to develop new products & providing marketing platform for the products they create. In these remote desert areas, people do not have access to even basic facilities like clean drinking water, proper sanitation and proper shelter. In … Read More

Training Workshop providing livelihood opportunities to Women

With an underlying motive of increasing livelihood opportunities available to poor women homemakers, a training workshop was organised by SETU Society on 6th September 2013 at Shaktinagar (Nivar road) Jaipur. The basic thought behind carrying out the workshop was to help women in contributing towards the family income by making them learn the art of jewelry making & simple bags, from easily available recycled fabrics. The following key agendas were covered in the workshop: • To help par gender inequality present in the society …Read More

Workshop generating awareness on Sanitation practices

Venue: Hasanpura slums, Jaipur (Rajsthan) "Cleanliness is next to Godliness", an age old idiom still holds significant meaning in today's times. To spread awareness about Sanitation practices among the underprivileged and marginalized sections of the society, residing in urban slum areas, an awareness workshop was organized by SETU Society for Empowerment and Trade Upliftment of artisans for the inhabitants of Hasanpura slums of Jaipur, Rajasthan on 29th august 2013. The residents of Hasanpura slum were found to be mostly uneducated, … Read More

Livelihood generation workshop for women (30th July 2013)

SETU Society is actively working to provide livelihood alternatives to the underprivileged and downtrodden sections of the society. In one such endeavor, a training workshop was organized for the women residents of the urban slums at Govind Nagar , Jaipur (Rajasthan). The women folks here come from low income groups and are not educated enough to get decent jobs to support their families. Upon interaction with them, SETU team realized that these women are eager to learn some livelihood skills so that they too can have their say in the family …Read More

Skill Up-gradation Workshop on Block Printing

Venue: Very Special Arts India, New Delhi (May 06, 2013) SETU organized a skill up-gradation workshop on block printing at our partner artisan group called ‘Very Special Arts India’ on 6th May 2013. VSAI is one of SETU’s partner artisans working with the disabled and underprivileged young population of India. They use art & craft for skill development of people with special needs and also help them in gaining financial independence. As part of their vocational and revenue generation streams, they are producing many products with … Read More

Quality Improvement & Problem solving Training at ‘Mahila Bunkar Sahakari Samiti’

Venue: MBSS , Uttar Pradesh Date: February 15-17, 2013 SETU organized a three – day interactive workshop & problem solving session with our partner handloom weavers of Mahila Bunkar Sahakari Samiti (MBSS) from 15th to 17th February. MBSS is a co-operative of artisans in U.P. who create some of our beautiful home décor items and bags. The cooperative aims to organize the weavers of different villages in western Uttar Pradesh, and to train women with marketable skills. The session was planned to solve general issues that … Read More

Helping traditional artisans grow..

In the vicinity of about 50 kms around Jaipur, there are lots of artisan families engaged in various traditional crafts, which are also their sole means of livelihood. Lack of exposure, stagnancy in their designs & product range and lack of market opportunities is leading these artisans towards an uncertain future … SETU is associated with such artisans in Renwal, a small village about 40 kms from Jaipur. Creating thread jewelry is their traditional art, passed on from generation to generation and is practiced efficiently by both men … Read More

Design & Skill Upgradation Training for our Wood Carving Artisans…

Venue: Nagina, Bijnor, U.P. Date: January 22-25, 2013 SETU is associated with a number of wood carving artisans who create beautiful products for us. For majority of them, wood carving is their traditional skill being practiced from ages and they are quite dexterous in crafting regular designs. However to stay abreast in these times of competition, they need to sharpen their skills in adapting new & more functional designs. This is where the need is to amalgamate the creativity of designers with the skill of the craftsmen. To enhance …Read More

Empowering women…

Livelihood Promotion Workshop Venue: Sanjay Nagar (Chitrakoot), Jaipur Date: November 23-24, 2012 Every woman can play an important role in the development of the family if she is provided with awareness & training and given the necessary freedom. SETU has been focusing on livelihood generation initiatives for the women dwelling in poor slum areas of the city. Lots of marginalized families stay in `Sanjay Nagar’ Basti (a slum area) with low education levels and low income, insufficient even to fulfill their basic needs. The … Read More

Quality Improvement Workshop at Tilonia

Venue: Tilonia, Rajasthan (July 19, 2012) SETU conducted a workshop with the artisans in village Tilonia to address the quality issues that the artisans were facing from quite some time. The artisans make beddings & other home decor products for us. So SETU organized a Quality Improvement Workshop for them. Ms. Raj Kanwar & Ms. Ganeshi Bai (senior quality checkers), Ms. Kailash Kanwar & Mr. Kanha Ram (Master tailor/ cutters), supervisors, women tailors and some other staff members participated in the workshop. About 30-35 …Read More

Skill Upgradation Workshop with Wood Carving Artisans

Venue: Bijnor, U.P. (June 13- July 2, 2012) The art of wood carving is prevalent from ancient years. Passed down from generation to generation, this traditional skill provides livelihood to countless no. of artisans & their families. However, with time it is being observed that the percentage of older people practicing this craft is increasing. Ageing & failing health keeps them away from work frequently. Though the younger generation at this time knows this art but there is a strong need to give them formal training to improve … Read More

Capacity Building And Export Market Readiness Training Workshop at ‘Mahila Bunkar Sahakari Samiti’

Venue: MBSS Surajpur, Uttar Pradesh (29-30 March 2012) SETU organized a two-day training & development workshop for our handloom weavers of Mahila Bunkar Sahakari Samiti on 29th & 30th march 2012 at Surajpur, (U.P.)., for Capacity Building & Readiness for Export Market. MBSS is a co-operative group of artisans who create some of our beautiful home décor items as well as bags. The cooperative aims to organize the weavers of different villages in western Uttar Pradesh, and to train women with marketable skills. To date, more …Read More

Workshop on Capacity Building & Self-development for our artisans

Workshop on Capacity Building & Self-development for our artisans of Kutch, Gujarat (October 8, 2011 to October 10, 2011) Venue: Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat A total of three workshops were organized by SETU for the artisans of Bhuj, Kutch with the help & co-operation of our partner NGOs viz. Khamir CRC, Qasab & VGS. The venues chosen were the artisan facilitation Centers of these three NGOs, in and around Bhuj, for maximum & easy accessibility of artisans. The three days long program was held from October 8, 2011 to October 10, … Read More

Tailoring Workshop

Tailoring Workshop (24-27 September) , Ashok colony Gwalior A four-day tailoring workshop was organized for the residents of `Nadi Par Taal’, Ashok colony,Gwalior. The people come from the underprivileged and downtrodden sections of the society who make a living by working as seasonal wage laborers and thus fall short of employment all the year round.The training programme was conducted to introduce tailoring as an alternate livelihood options to the beneficiaries thereby opening new avenues for them.Women across all age groups participated …Read More

Training workshop on Tailoring skills

Training workshop on Tailoring skills (6-8 August 2011) Location: Barmer, Rajasthan Artisans produce beautiful designs, straight from their heart, sometimes unmatchable with even the classy fashion designers. Their designs are characteristic of the innocence and purity of their dedication towards the craft. Artisans are excellent at the artistic part of the product but to increase the market demand, it is essential to add functionality to the product so that the art gets converted into a useful & desirable product. Most of the artisans … Read More

Workshop on Self development and Quality improvement

"Workshop on Self development and Quality improvement", Barmer Rajasthan SETU organized a “Workshop on Self development and Quality improvement” for our wood Block printing artisans in the desert areas near Barmer, Rajasthan on 23rd March 2011. Artisans here specialize in Ajrakh block printing, a form of block printing on cloth; characteristic of this region. These artisans belong to the Khatri community and are engaged in this craft for centuries. The word ‘Ajrakh’ means ‘keep it to-day’. It also means making beautiful and in Arabia, Ajrakh …Read More

Community development for Artisans at “Jagnapura Laghedi”

Community development for Artisans at “Jagnapura Laghedi”- an urban slum at Gwalior (2nd Feb 2011) Life is sometimes too harsh for some people. Food and water which are life’s basic necessities are not an easy affair for many. This is true for the people of Jagnapura Laghedi, an urban slum at Gwalior where SETU team made a visit. The sole source of income for the residents here is embroidery on sarees which women of the family do from their homes. The male members work on daily wages and do not earn regularly. Consequently, it’s the art … Read More

Helping artisans overcome product rejections

Helping artisans overcome product rejections (20-23rd January 2011) As part of our efforts to bring about artisan development, we decided to provide training to our wood carving artisans in a bid to lessen their product rejections. These artisans make beautiful products but fall short on certain parameters of product design and quality, leading to rejections. To solve this problem and to polish their skills, we invited them at SETU. They were also asked to bring the required machines with them in order to give them a practical approach about …Read More

Guiding the artisans for quality improvement – visit to jewellery making and wood carving artisans of Moradabad and Bijnor

Guiding the artisans for quality improvement – visit to jewellery making and wood carving artisans of Moradabad and Bijnor (8-9 December 2010) In an effort to implement our vision of overall artisan development, SETU team visited our jewellery making artisans at Moradabad and wood carving artisans of Bijnor. Visit to Moradabad: SETU team, consisting of team head Rashmi and product development manager Archna, visited the artisans. The group houses our jewellery making artisans. Our beautiful cuffs and earrings are made by this group. … Read More

Reinforcing artisan talent!!

Reinforcing artisan talent!! (December 2010) Nurturing talent is as important as recognizing it, only then the true mettle of an artisan can come out. With this view, in December 2010; SETU sponsored awards to the student women artisans of Kalaraksha Vidyalaya (a venture of Kalaraksha, one of our partner NGOs). Awards were given for showing excellence in respective art forms. These act as motivation to the artisans to perform up to their best of ability. Our main aim is to support artisan development & bring out their creativity. … Read More

Developing the craft skills of artisans – Trainer for artisans development

Developing the craft skills of artisans – Trainer for artisans development (November 2010) Artisans are experts in their various traditional art forms but sometimes lack efficiency in design skills, especially for contemporary & functional product development and need training to upgrade them. Keeping in view this fact, we at SETU has appointed a master trainer to develop the design skills of our artisans. Mr. Sunit Dutt is a master designer and has got years of experience in cutting & tailoring for large export houses. He has … Read More

Design workshop for artisans of Bijnour

Design workshop for artisans of Bijnour (October 2010) Design is the soul of a product. Updating artisans with contemporary trends in designs is essential for creating / maintaining the demand of a product among customers. This not only enables the artisan to make products in accordance with customers taste but also introduces them to latest techniques in the marketplace which is necessary for their overall development. With this view a design workshop was organized with our partner group HSSS in Bijnour , U.P. The entire workshop was …Read More

Workshop at SABALA – updating the artisans with latest color trends and enhancing their craft skills

Workshop at SABALA – updating the artisans with latest color trends and enhancing their craft skills- (August 2010) SETU organized a technical workshop at one of our artisan groups `SABALA’ in the arid villages of Bijapur, Karnataka. It is an all women’s organization dedicated to the empowerment of Women and Children. With a view to improve the skills of artisans and to update them with the latest colour trends a workshop was organized at SABALA. Highlights of the workshop: Updating the artisans with Trend Forecasts for spring … Read More

Amar Jyoti

Amar Jyoti Development & Education Project: The [candle] flame that never extinguishes This project revolves around the organization whose main purpose is to provide education and health care to underprivileged children. The school also provides vocational education to help them become self-sustainable when they grow up. The school raises some income by making the newspaper & jute bags which have been developed for them by SETU as a part of fostering self-sustainability, but they need more help. Half of the children they work … Read More

Kala Raksha Vidyalaya

Kala Raksha Vidyalaya “Kala Raksha” means “Protecting art”. At SETU consortium, we greatly value the conservation of handmade, cultural and artistic talents. In our experiences, we have noticed that many art forms are becoming extinct. Unfair trade practices make artisans go out of business, provide mundane work at factories that doesn’t require artistic skills, and ultimately stop the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next. Thus, younger people do not inherit the artistic skills their forefathers created, since they … Read More