WOMEN

EMPOWERMENT

To empower women by helping them find livelihood, better educate their children and improve their sense of well being.

There are currently two major projects in progress

  • Project Milan: Kriti’s main program for skills training for women
  • Project Hunar:This is a livelihoods program which supports a garment and bag production center to provide livelihoods to women from minority communities

PROJECT HUNAR

Kriti Social Initiatives and Bashir and Sarwar Babukhan Trust have jointly participated in a program by Telangana State Minority Finance Corporation (TSMFC) to provide livelihood opportunities for women from Minority communities.

  • Under this program, TSMFC has provided the machinery to establish an industrial garment production unit at Tolichowki, Hyderabad. In this unit, women are training on sewing machine operation and then employed in the production of ladies garments and bags.
  • Over 25 women are employed in this unit and earning a regular livelihood every month
  • The production unit does stitching and hand embroidery for Kriti’s own brand of garments – KritiKala. These garments are sold through our office, exhibitions and on-line channels. We also supply in whole sale to other retail outlets across the country.
  • Newspaper bag making – a short 10 day course that teaches how to make strong bags with old newspapersThe production unit also does garment tailoring work for other brands. Some of our customers are Kalanjali, Daaram, All things Fancy, Indie Project, Svara and others..

Along with the technical training, Kriti is developing life skill courses to help the women attending the program improve their general awareness, self-confidence and make them more prepared for a work environment. Kriti establishes small production units close to the training units. Trainees have an option to join Kriti production groups after they complete training. The units are involved in bag production and hand embroidery.

Over 500 women have received tailoring and hand embroidery training since 2015. Kriti production centers make a wide range of bags and hand embroidered products such as sarees, blouse pieces and other embroidered garments.

Kriti bags include a wide variety of eco-friendly bags and accessories such as purses, tote bags, laptop bags and more. The bags are made using traditional textiles such as kalamkari and ikat and embellished with hand embroidery.

Kriti’s jute bag range is suitable for corporate gifting, delegate bags for conferences and “tambulam bags” for variety of functions.

Materials provided in free starter kit given to tailoring trainees

Hand embroidery workshop

Starter kits being distributed to trainees

PROJECT MILAN

Kriti has been involved in providing skills training for women since 2014. The courses offered by Kriti are:

  • Self employed tailor – 4 month part time course that teaches operation of a domestic sewing machine and cutting and stitching of 7-8 commonly worn ladies garments.
  • Sewing machine operator – a 2 month full time course that teaches operation of an industrial sewing machine and different aspects of garment production.
  • Hand embroiderer – a 3 month part time course that teaches hand embroidery techniques that can be used for embellishment of garments and home furnishings.
  • Newspaper bag making – a short 10 day course that teaches how to make strong bags with old newspapers.

Along with the technical training, Kriti provides life skills and entrepreneurship training to help the women attending the program improve their general awareness, self-confidence and make them more prepared for a work environment. Kriti establishes small production units close to the training units. Trainees have an option to join Kriti production groups after they complete training. The units are involved in bag production and hand embroidery.

Over 600 women have received tailoring and hand embroidery training since 2015. Kriti production centers make a wide range of bags and hand embroidered products such as sarees, blouse pieces and other embroidered garments.

Project Milan 2.0 (post lockdown project strategies)

Project Milan 2.0 is about the new strategies that have been adopted to continue the project activities after the COVID-19 lockdown. The training centres under the project were closed from mid-March 2020. Different approaches were tried out, and there is now a hybrid model of training where all the social distancing and hygiene norms are followed.

Description of the Program

  • In order to continue vocational skills during these tough COVID-19 days, the tailoring and hand embroidery training modules have been reworked to make them a blend of home-based training, using video modules, and classroom-based training twice a week. Not more than five trainees will be in the class at a time.
  • To encourage women to join and to ensure that they have the necessary tools for completing the training, Kriti is donating free starter kits with all the tools and fabrics needed for the training.
  • Sewing machines are also lent to the candidates so they can practice at home. For the sewing machine operator course, there is a limited number of students per batch in order to follow social distancing norms in the training centre.
  • The students will do most of their learning at home using video and written training material sent to them. They will practice their skills on their home machines.
  • If a student completes and submits their daily assignment, they will be given attendance for that day(even if they are studying at home).

Training centres and courses

Self employed tailor Sewing machine operator Hand embroidery
Tolichowki
Hakeempet
Basavataraka Nagar
Hakeempet Kumta

Tailoring production center

Bag production center

Domestic sewing machine being lent to trainees