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Helping a person learn a marketable skill, which enables her or him to earn a living wage, has been one of the most effective ways to make them self-reliant. Since its founding, PPI has supported a large number of projects which have provided vocational and craft training to poor girls and women (typically from villages, sometimes from tribal areas or of backward castes, or even trying to get away from being used as sex workers). A little less frequently, we have also helped provide appropriate vocational training to young men. It is especially satisfying when handicapped or even blind people have been able to learn a skill which has helped them stand on their own feet.

PPI has depended on the NGOs we support to identify the skills in demand in their particular region. These skills have included embroidery, tailoring, hand-loom weaving, traditional art, beautician, making silk saris, designing women clothes, pottery, making bamboo products, computer basics, using software, cell phone repairing, bicycle repair, shoe-making, and radio and TV repair.

The people with these new skills have been able to find better-paying jobs or have even established their own small businesses. Where appropriate, we have supported the NGOs to provide follow-on entrepreneurship training and/or product-marketing skills. With these skills, NGOs have often been able to help the trainees get loans from banks for setting up their own small businesses.

Vocational Training for Educated Tribal Girls, West Bengal

Moyrabandh Gram Bikas Kendra (MGBK), Bankura, West Bengal Contact: Mr. Uday Narayan De Dates: July…

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Vocational Training in Tailoring and Embroidery in Andhra Pradesh

Sri K. Pitchi Reddy Educational and Welfare Society (SPREAWS), Vempalli, Andhra Pradesh Contact: Mr. C.S.…

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Vocational Skill Training and Better Childcare for Musahar Women in Bihar

Akhil Gramin Yuva Vikas Samiti (AGYVS), Muzaffarpur, Bihar Contact: Mr. Subodh Kumar Pandey Dates: July…

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Vocational Training Project in Tamil Nadu

Institute of Research and Development for the Rural Poor (IRDRP), Chennai, Tamil Nadu  Contact: Dr.…

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Tailoring Training for Poor Rural Women in Bihar

Aakanksha Seva Sadan (ASS), Muzzaffarpur, Bihar Contact: Ms. Bandana Sharma Dates: April 2023 - April…

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New Craft Training for Women in Tamil Nadu

The Tribal Initiative (THI), Harur PO, Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu Contact: Dr. Lalitha Regi Dates: April…

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Wire Bags Knitting

Shri Pitchi Reddy Educational and Welfare Society (SPREAWS), Vempalli, Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh Contact: Mr.…

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Animal Husbandry and Vocational Training

Baikunthapur Tarun Sangha, Baikunthapur, West Bengal Contact: Susanta Giri October 2018 – October 2019 Budget:…

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