February 20-23, 2024 – Led by Miss Piya Kapoor, members from the Amrita Sankalp Tailoring and Beautician center in Uttam Nagar, who belong to the transgender community, visited Amritapuri ashram and the AMMACHILabs & CWEGE for 4 days.
During their visit, they participated in a comprehensive two-day training at CWEGE, focusing on Business Development and SMART SHG. The program incorporated engaging activities and sessions aimed at enhancing group cohesiveness. The SMART SHG classes provided them with a thorough understanding of SHG formation, its associated benefits, and imparted knowledge on SHG bookkeeping. The interactive nature of the sessions ensured active participation, and all the students found the training enjoyable.
They also attended several meetings to discuss the future projects and association with AMMACHI Labs. and paid a visit to Amritapuri tailoring experts at the Parashara tailoring center, during which the focus was on the importance of quality & developing simple designs like shopping bags made from upcycled materials.
They too had several chances to be near Amma, joyfully singing and dancing during her bhajans, performing other personal dances and singing bhajans to Amma as she was giving darshan.
The Uttam Nagar tailoring and beautician center was part of the SANKALP project (Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion project), implemented in various parts of India by #AmritaUniversity in collaboration with Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India, and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), to boost short term Skill Training programs for long term benefits through strengthening institutions, bringing in better market connectivity and inclusion of marginalized sections of the society. Through the training, women received the skills and confidence they need to succeed.