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  project name ~ SIPINIR Handloom Project

category ~ livelihood generation




  Project Name


SIPINIR Handloom Project



NEN (North East Network)



livelihood generation



Kamrup, Sonitpur and Morigaon




  Budget Approved


Rs 224650


  Year Approved







1   2   3   4  

  Chapter Coordinators


Tulika Narayan


College Park





Looms such as these are common in Assamese houses. Women typically weave the cloth for their families.





The project proposes to initiate a village based handloom programme with 150 weavers in three districts of Kamrup, Sonitpur and Morigaon. 50% of these weavers are already involved with NENs livelihood crafts project which has enhanced their income. In addition to generating income this project will involve the following activities in the first year:

v Community meetings in new villages ;
v Capacity building of field coordinators and their assistants;
v Training in group management, production planning, costing and quality control,
v Inclusion of training on health care and rights to livelihood for food security.





Three weavers from each of the three districts visited SEWA, Gujarat (www.sewa.org) for exposure and training. The visit was deemed to be an ''eye opener'' by the weavers.





The handloom project is expected to revitalise village groups, build capacities of women to proficiently manage their own yarn and weaving units and enhance economies of local communities. It will be a platform to mainstream the NE through exhibition of traditional products and also provide an outlet for young weavers to remove the feeling of hopelessness resulting from conflict. Women will be empowered to have better control of their lives and resources. Above all, it will enable weavers to establish themselves both on the personal and professional fronts and bring visible and positive changes in their communities.



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