Designing their own bags: New livelihood options for tribal women – Jharkhand

ARTI S. SAHULIYAR, The Telegraph, Calcutta, Friday , August 10 , 2012

A beam of pride crossed Malanti Devi’s face as she spread a Rs 50 currency note on her weather-beaten palm. She had earned it — not by slogging in the field, but by designing her own jute bag.

The 32-year-old mother of two from Taimara village in Ranchi’s Bundu block is among the 132 tribal women from 60 villages across five districts who have found fortune in a fibre, thanks to Jharkhand Tribal Development Society (JTDS) that organised a month-long training for them from July 1 under four masters of the National Jute Board.

Malanti, who along with her peers showcased her creations at the Tribal Research Institute in Morabadi on Thursday, said she was confident of starting her own small business and fund the education of her children.

Ab tak toh hum log kheti-bari karte the. Lekin ab humlog kuch alag kar sakenge aur paisa kama sakenge (So far, we had been tilling land to make a living. Now, we are doing something novel and profitable),” she said. […]

Deputy director of JTDS Manoj Sinha said they were engaged in promoting livelihood options among underprivileged tribal women in 12 blocks of five districts […]

According to Sinha, the JTDS had formed 1,469 self-help groups in the 12 blocks. “A total of 20,000 tribal women are engaged in our various programmes like pisciculture, rearing of goats and pigs, running nurseries, et al, that aim to improve their standard of living,” he said.

Sinha added that the jute training would be further extended to several other districts from next month.

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