Sewing Training Centre
Indian Women and Child Welfare Trust started the Sewing Training Centre in 2001 with a donation of two non-electric sewing machines, sewing supplies, textiles and a small stipend for a part-time sewing instructor. Today, dozens of young women have graduated from the Indian Women And Child Welfare Trust’s sewing program with moneymaking skills and a high-status certificate of ability that is proof of their ability. The program is a popular one in the urban slums where it is located and there is a waiting list to attend. The sewing centre at Vikas puri provides training for up to 150 women at a purpose-built centre in Slum. The centre provides an important supportive environment for the women to meet and when certain skill levels have been achieved the project provides a sewing machine that can supply the successful trainee with the vitally important independent source of income. Saving and credit schemes have also been implemented and women’s fairs with drama and community activities organized.