A school completion or even college education does not make young people readily employable. They require a combination of soft skills and some amount of training in their chosen career path. While better placed communities ensure this by the youngsters interning at various institutions, communities Krupa works with do not have this facility. Moreover, India needs an enormous number of skilled people in the coming years. In some areas, traditional skills such as handloom weaving are dying without support in the form of market access, design inputs and credibility. Krupa revitalises such traditional skills by formalising the approach, arranging market access and offering input designs.
Krupa Rural Training Institute, Kruti for short was established to empower the local population around its Padappai Project Centre. Their occupation was handloom weaving of lungies ( a sarong worn locally by men). But with the advent of power looms, the industry was languishing and the women who worked on pit looms with their spouses were unemployed. The men moved to casual farm labour or construction . Kruti provides a platform form to leverage their skills to earn a living. They were taught to weave hand knotted carpets initially and then moved onto weaving beautiful sarees and dress material. They also weave dhurries which are cotton based carpets, towels and door mats. The Institute additionally offers training in tailoring, embroidery block and screen printing through short term courses.
Krupa conducts skill development programs regularly in the men and women’s prisons in Chennai. Inmates are taught block printing, bag making, plumbing, home electrical wiring, computer usage and power loom operations through daily or periodic training programs with its own dedicated trainers. The inmates, after training are encouraged with job orders by which they are able to earn money which they send to their families.
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