Official launch of Skills Training Program for women in underserved communities of urban India

Sandvik Materials Technology in India has initiated a new Skills Training Program for women in underserved urban communities. The program will officially launch on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2021 and is aimed at equipping women to set up home based business and achieve economic empowerment.

The name of the project “Atmanirbharata” is the word for “self-reliance” in Hindi. The program is designed to train women in entrepreneurship, income generation and vocational training to enable them to contribute to their family income while staying home.

We believe that when women are empowered and educated with new skills, they will be able to pass it on to guide their children to study and to be better provided for the future

The pandemic has had adverse effect and many families have lost their jobs, in the urban community of Bhosari near the city of Pune. In the community many women have very little or no access to education, jobs or skills for them to make a living. The program will be working with 120 women from families of low incomes, in the age group 18-50 and include single mothers, domestic workers and young girls. By skilling and training women to start their own home-based businesses, they will be able to earn a living and contribute to their family income.

“We believe that when women are empowered and educated with new skills, they will be able to pass it on to guide their children to study and to be better provided for the future”, says Saipriya Paranjape, CSR Lead - SMTIPL.

The Skills Training Program will offer various courses, for example, training in tailoring, jewelry making, baking and entrepreneurial skill development training. A few introductory workshops have already been conducted to mobilize women in the area, and the program is officially launched on 8th March, 2021.