Skill development training equips widows and rural poor women to access better livelihood opportunities
As part of the Widow Emancipation program, Bala Vikasa conducted a skill development training program for 76 young widows from six districts of Telangana in June with the support of Manos Unidas. The training program focused on creating awareness among widows about their rights, enabling them to deal with stress and other psychological issues, and equip them with social skills to live an independent life.
“My life improved a lot after attending Bala Vikasa’s training programs. I am now able to stand up for myself and also live an independent life. These training sessions have helped me become a better individual and have a better outlook on life. I wish to continue attending the training and help other widows like me in the future,” said Sandhya from Panthini.
Bala Vikasa has also conducted a three-week training program in advanced tailoring for 10 poor rural women from five villages of Thandur Manda, Vikarabad district with the support of CLP, India in June and July. During the training, the women were trained in advanced tailoring skills and methods, and also in establishing business units so they could set up their units and provide for themselves economically.
“My husband met with an accident and is confined to home. We are struggling to make ends meet with his income. In a time like this, I am glad I can upskill my tailoring skills. With the advanced sewing machine I received as part of the training I can work more efficiently and meet the financial needs of my family,” said Kuruva Sunanada of Kotabasupalli Village.