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  project name ~ Rural women training

category ~ livelihood generation




  Project Name


Rural women training



MERDS (Muthamizh Education & Rural Developmen..



livelihood generation






Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved


$ 5150


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Vijay Natarajan












MERDS has planned to conduct various training programmes for rural women to empower them socially an economically. MERDS has got its own training centre at Uluppagudi, Natham Taluk and can undertake an intake of 50 women in the centre. We have 50 Self Help Groups of Women in rural pockets. These women have
expressed their anxiety to be economically independent in their homes. The need was narrated toMERDS during monthly meetings. Due to paucity of funds, we could not undertake small training programmes, though we have sufficient place. The need -based, job-oriented courses will be in tailoring and typewriting

These job-oriented courses will empower the rural women (income generating activities). The rural women must join the "Work Force" of our contemporary society, which is male-dominant. About 12000 women have been enrolled in our society and have inculcated the habit of micro-credit. The savings are meager. If we provide revolving fund, they will take up women entrepreneurship in their native village after the training.





* 26 women got free tailoring machines from the government. the certificates issued after the women finished their training helped them get the machines * Many women started shop at home after receiving training in tailoring. Others have got temp jobs in local readymade shops.





1. Employment generating activities for Self Help Women in target area. 2. Training centre for women in tailoring and typewriting 3. Health, environmental protection and educational centres in villages. 4. Promoting people''''''''s organisation at grass root level and bringing them into the mainstream of economy. 5. Forming women forums in target villages.



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