Economic security is the ability of individuals, households or communities to cover their essential needs sustainably and with dignity. Ekta Shakti Foundation under its Life-Skills Program conceptualized this vocational training program in the year 2006. The initiative of Radhika Skill Development Centre became functional in the year 2007 in Matiala, Delhi, to challenge the socio-economic inequalities of the region and enable women and girls to walk towards a goal of self-reliance. ...Readmore
The primary objective of the training center was to create employment opportunities for disadvantaged adolescent girls and women, especially women widowed at an early age, who saw no support in the society. The program offers certificate courses in cutting, tailoring, sewing and embroidery for employability and better opportunities.
Beneficiaries are selected through the outreach program by the team. Families in need are identified during field visits, enquiring with the local community and via direct requests. The shortlisted candidates, based on their attitude, approach, education levels, learning capabilities, background and socio-economic conditions are enrolled for this program. The Certificate Course offered is of six months and 12 months based on the need and requirement of the candidate. Batches of 30-40 girls/ women are trained in two sessions carried out as per course duration selected. The organization liaisons with local boutiques, small scale set ups and training institutes to strengthen placement opportunities for the trained women and girls.
Apart from imparting training, the center also serves as a social platform to spread general awareness about health, hygiene and gender issues. ...Read less
WOMEN EMPOWERED SO FAR
Aarti joined the Radhika Skill Development Centre at the age of 30. She was a mother of three children, with her third child only a few months old. Her husband was a daily wager and his income was not enough for the family.READ MORE
I have two children and my husband works as a mechanic. We both aspire to give our children good education and earning of one member was not enough. I joined this initiative and got an opportunity to work as the centre head. I am not highly qualified but have completed my senior secondary and am trained in stitching and tailoring. Initially to teach young girls and women with no education background was very challenging, as I found it tough to explain them measurements, which is very important in cutting of the cloth. Gradually with support from the team, we devised a way to teach them in a way that would help them in their work. In the basic training course, we teach them to take measurements, cutting, tailoring, hemming, button tucking, embroidery and basic stitching. In advance course we teach them to stitch blouses, salwar, kurtis, and other Indian wear. The alumni of the center do visit us sometimes and give us feedback on how their lives have changed for good. This feeling is very satisfying and this is one of the reasons I like being here.
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