Failing to keep up with the rising trends of the textile industry and inadaptability to learn the newer crafts led to heavy unemployment and a lack of sustainable livelihood for the weavers in the rural areas of Gujarat.
CybageAsha, in association with RDRC, an NGO dealing with the rural development, initiated a handloom training program at Jalalpur village, Dholka Taluka in Gujarat. The aim of this program is to motivate the weavers to adopt the new technology and get better access to the market for the products so that their productivity, quality, and earnings can be enhanced. Through this initiative, 25 weavers will get on-job training in cloth production, both practically and theoretically. RDRC will also help them get market linkages.
During the training program, the weavers were able to weave and deliver clothing items such as bedsheets, towels, and file covers used in the government files. With the help of RDRC, CybageAsha has taken a small yet significant step forward in rural upliftment and livelihood development. Post training, to kickstart their work, the weavers will be provided handlooms at 80% subsidy.