Women train in paper bag making

Rourkela: "Project Kishori", a new project initiated by Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) wants to empower the village women and make them agents of change in the social system.

The project is being implemented through Women Resources Centers (WRC) set up at various villages in the four blocks of Nuagaon, Lathikata, Bisra and Kuarmunda.

The main aim of WRC was to empower adolescent girls and women of the peripheral villages by training them in various income generation activities, enhancing their self esteem, making them conscious of health and hygiene as well as about their social and legal rights.

The master trainers from these WRC were trained in different modules like food processing, mushroom cultivation, improved chullah, health management, vermi compost, verifying food adulteration and soil at RSP`s training institute for peripheral development.

These trainers in turn run training classes at the WRCs in the evening hours for the village women for free, thereby spreading the knowledge and skill to hundreds of families, RSP sources said today.

Recently, a week long programme was organised at the centre in which 40 Master Trainers drawn from ten WRCs were trained in another new trade – "Paper bag making". During the programme the women were trained by experts from society for Rural Industrialisation on NGO from Ranchi in making decorative and colourful paper bags.