Banner Picture: Women Empowerment Unit employees meeting with RBS Parents, Jan 2016

Empowerment

Empowerment is enabling a person to claim his or her due rights, be it social, political, economic or cultural. The social and economic milieu prevailing in the surrounding villages was taking a particular toll on women. To emancipate their conditions, in 1994 we set up the Unit for Women Empowerment (UWE) with a modest objective of creating livelihood opportunities for women. 

Empowerment is enabling a person to claim his or her due rights, be it social, political, economic or cultural.

The Stitching unit focuses on imparting stitching skills to rural women. 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 design skills to make readymade garments. Since then the focus was shifted to making ready-made garments.  The product scope expanded considerably since then.  The products are primarily marketed to internal units like the school and the Vasanta College for Girls. 

In addition,  handicraft products made by trained women under the guidance of our employees. Simple products like keychains, wall hangings, hand bags, purses, cushion covers etc. are hand made. The idea is to use the production to train as many young women as possible so that they can go onto create for themselves livelihood opportunities. 

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Product design, markets and fulfilment are integral to success of any enterprise. We are expanding market access through focused efforts. Design assistance from RBS Art department has helped improve products. 

Our future plan is to focus intensely on training of women and  helping them organize themselves to handle production, marketing and finance. We will bring in expertise on design from renowned institutions and individuals wherever possible.