In view of the financial constraints that a family faces, Kriti’s skill-building program strives to empower the women, and community at large. It was observed that if some kind of skill is imparted to the women, it would give them more avenues to earn their living. Hence, Project Milan is a training program (stitching, embroidery and mehndi designing) which enables women and girls to learn and enhance their skills and confidence by making themselves self- reliant. Kriti has been running these vocational training programs since 2014.

Tailoring had five training centers in FY21-22 in the slums in Tolichowki, Singareni Colony, Mallepally, Rasoolpura and Talabkatta

Training Courses offered at the centers:

  • Four month self employed tailor course that teaches operation of a domestic sewing machine and cutting and stitching of seven to eight commonly worn ladies garments. In addition to the technical skills, women are taught machine maintenance, understanding about fabrics and personal safety. They are also given soft skills training on topics such as communication skills, time management, nutrition, menstrual hygiene etc to help them to improve their knowledge on these relevant topics.
  • A brief one month basic course on mehndi designing that teaches techniques to apply mehndi and creating different designs using motifs.
  • Hand embroidery - three month course on hand embroidery that covers kantha work, applique work and banjara embroidery. This is offered in limited centers only.

No. of women completed training in 2021-2022:Self Employed tailor course - 349, Mehndi designing- 129

After one year of Covid lockdowns and running training centers in hybrid mode with video based training, we were happy to reopen our centers in June 2021. Women enjoy coming to the centers to learn since they also enjoy the camaraderie of the group and an opportunity to step out of their homes and engage with like minded people. We have completed this program with the help of support from many organisations. Bashir and Sarwar Babukhan Trust continues to support our training and community production center at Tolichowki, the Talabkatta center was supported by Microsoft India under Project Pehchaan, the Rasoolpura center was supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Mallepally center was run in partnership with the All India Women's Conference.

Kriti is planning to introduce beautician training programs as well in FY22-23. Beauticians have more opportunities for income generation in urban areas as every locality has a number of beauty parlours.

We also have a program to support women who want to earn income through tailoring skills called Project Samriddhi. Under this program, women from low income communities, who are either already earning income through home based tailoring or are ready to start accepting orders for home based stitching work are given a tailoring machine with motor on a part loan part subsidy basis.

Tailoring training center at Talabkatta

At Rasoolpura center with volunteers from PwC

Mehndi design trainees

Singareni Colony Center

Soft skills training session