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, Jaipur, Rajasthan starting from 28th of January to 3rd February 2016.
The seven day workshop started with an objective to provide the women artisans a useful insight about starting a home based enterprise. Depending on their interests, women were trained in making a range of food items like Pickles, Murabbas, Papads, Dal Baris, syrups etc. They were also trained as to how they need to be prepared on commercial level, including knowledge of preservatives & packaging. Such items can be easily made at home and the women artisans can sell them in the market, thereby earning handsome profit and that too by working from home itself..
Participants were introduced to the concept of Entrepreneurship and the benefits and responsibilities that comes with being an entrepreneur were also discussed in detail. Women were made aware that after learning a skill they can set up their own home based enterprise and later on being established can provide employment to other women artisans as well. They were also made aware of how to form Self Help Groups and the Government schemes by which they can avail financial support.
A total of 24 women artisans participated in the seven day livelihood Programme.