The woman in the family makes a significant contribution
to the well being of the entire family. If woman is empowered,
the whole family gets benefited. The Centre is fully aware
of this value and is making concerted efforts to empower
women belonging to the neighbouring villages.
The Centre has established a Unit for Women Empowerment
in the year 1994. For a decade the Unit had engaged women
in training on various skills such as cloth bags making,
designing the bed sheets, wall hangings, etc. A designer
was appointed in 2004 to impart skills of designing dress
materials. Since then the focus was shifted to making ready
made garments. Presently, there are 17 young women are getting
trained. And so far the unit has trained more than 500 women
in various trades and 50 women particularly in tailoring.
The ready made garments stitched by these skilled women
are marketed through exhibitions organized inside the campus.
The women earn additional income to supplement family's
income. The Centre is trying to support these women to become
Taking cognizant of size of the women population in the
villages, the Centre's scale of efforts is small although
it is quite significant.
Export of ready made garments
Ms. Uschi Gibson is a US Citizen and lives in Ojhai, California
State. She teaches yoga in U.S. She has done her schooling
in Krishnamurti School, Ojhai. She studies Krishnamurti
teachings deeply. She is very simple and down to earth person.
She has compassion for the disadvantaged women. She is an
ardent supporter of Women empowerment Programme of the Rural
Centre. Please visit her blog http://luckyuschi.tumblr.com
for more interesting information about this project and
After she visited The Rural Centre in July 2007, she conceived
a project for these women to empower them economically.
She has extensive knowledge and experience in Fashion Designing
and garments manufacturing. She has ventured into marketing
the readymade garments made by the women from villages.
The women embroider kurtas exactly as per the pattern and
design given by Uschi. The first consignment of these kurtas
was dispatched in Sep 2008. The second batch of garments
is being produced now.
A significant portion of the profit earned in this project
is contributed to the women in terms of payment of their
labour and providing them with machines, tools, etc. She
has a dream of expanding this work in order to support these
village folks. She is also taking the support from her peers
to translate her dream into a reality.
In order to reach out to the larger section of this women
folk, the Centre has plans to
- Accessing and developing new market linkages for sales
- Opening an outlet in Varanasi City for marketing the products.
- Creating awareness on issues such as gender equity, health,
hygiene and sanitation.