In search of an improved and sustainable livelihood- A case study from West Bengal, India

Subrata Sarkar
Posted September 25, 2019 from India
In search of an improved and sustainable livelihood- A case study from West Bengal, India

Surtan Bibi , after completion of a 48 days long Basic Tailoring Training on 12.09.2018, organized by Gramin Vikas Trust, A National level Development Organization, working in 13 States in India, , with the support from WBSCL( West Bengal Swarogar /Self Employment Corporation limited/SHG-SE ( Self Help Group/Self Employment  Department, Government of West Bengal, India,  has started her journey towards sustainable livelihood through Tailoring. Surtain Bibi told “ I didn’t know the tailoring before going for the Tailoring Training, Through Muktidhara Training, I learnt vividly about the Tailoring through practical exposure to tailoring in the Tailoring classes. With the continuous support and encouragement from my Trainer and the staff of Gramin Vikas Trust and my own initiation, I had purchased a sewing machine during the Training period itself, learnt stitching of garments in a fruitful manner”.

“ At present I can stitch Blouse, petticoat, nity, frock etc and stitches some garments as per the seldom order I received from my native village, with an income of Rs.50/60 per day”.

“ From my earning , now I can mitigate the expenses for my kids education, and thus helping my Husband in a big way”.

“I could able to enhance my income in significant extend provided I get some advance training on Tailoring”.

Besides, I am planning to establish my own tailoring unit by taking rented shop on village main road for getting more order for Tailoring”.

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Hello, Subrata,

I love this story because I've been wanting to learn that skill, too. This is inspiring to me. I'm glad that Surtan is making a living out of tailoring. How many trainees learn with her during those 48 days?

Thank you for sharing this. I hope one day, I could learn this skill, too.

Tarke Edith
Sep 26
Sep 26

Hello subrata
Thanks for sharing with us this great achievement of your .
You know dear our when we support our husband with the little we have it goes a long way to keep our relationship strong.
Keep up sis
Have a nice day

Lisbeth
Sep 26
Sep 26

Hi Subrata,
This is real empowerment skills. I am very proud of her and her achievement . She has endured and now enjoying the fruits of her hard labor.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Lizzy

Anita Shrestha
Sep 26
Sep 26

Deare Subrata
Thank you for sharing of alternative sources of livelihood.

Jill Langhus
Sep 27
Sep 27

Hi Subrata,

Welcome back:-) How are you doing? Thanks for sharing another success story. I'm sure Surtan must be very happy with her new skill and income:-)

Hope you're doing well, and having a great day!

byrd.in.flight
Oct 30
Oct 30

What a wonderfully empowering story! It is so wonderful to hear how the impacts of one small learning intervention (i.e. learning a trade, developing a skill) can have a lifelong effect. I hope to hear more about this wonderful woman

Sister Zeph
Nov 02
Nov 02

Aww my dear what a great ob to empower women is, this is one of the sacred mission on the earth