To train women from the lower socio economic group with vocational skills enabling financial independence
Why did we do it?
SPARSH chose to set up a vocational training centre in Alibaug as over the years it has become the hub of a number of commercial and tourist businesses. Alibaug town is surrounded by a number of small villages and can cater to the youth of these villages both with training and placements. As per the 2011, census literacy rate of Alibaug taluka is higher than state average, however the rate of female literacy is much lower than that of male literacy rate. Keeping in view this gender disparity we chose to provide opportunities to women of rural and semi-urban areas who wanted to earn for their families or themselves and give these women financial freedom.
What did we do?
Based on the outcomes of our field visits, surveys and interactions with local NGO’s and social workers Sparsh has identified and started 3 courses to be offered in Alibaug town namely, Basic Beautician, Bed-side Assistant and Tailoring. Participants are mobilised by pamphleting, one-to-one contact and mobilization in community circles, meeting with local leaders, sarpanch and other organizations. Participants are then screened and selected to minimise dropout rates. Each course has batch strength of 15-20 students and includes counselling, soft skill training, exposure visits and guest lectures. Internships are mandatory and on job placements are encouraged.
Girls between the ages of 19 and 27 have received vocational skill training at the Alibaug Center. Nearly 75% of them are either employed locally or are self employed actively contributing to their families finances.