A step towards making tribal women self reliant
A three-day workshop for tribal women of self-help groups (SHG) to teach them making paper bags and envelopes is going on in Ramtek and Paoni.
The workshop is organised by a noted social organisaiton of Nagpur Ashadeep Apanga Mahila Bal Vikas Sanstha with an aim to empower the women and make them financially self-sufficient. The project is promoted by the Nagpur division of forest department under livelihood generation programme and empowerment of tribal women.
Importance of paper as an alternative to plastic is being explained to the participating women by the trainers followed by demonstration and practical training. Each participant is being provided with a training kit and information about different types of value added paper products including news paper bags, gift bags and gift envelopes of different types. The objective is to develop skill and encourage women towards entrepreneurship.
The programme would certainly help the tribal women and provide them a source of livelihood in the backdrop of ban on plastic bags by the State government. The paper bags, which come at cheaper cost, are certainly proving an easy alternative to plastic as they are easily decomposable too.
The training programme for the SHG women is implemented under the guidance of course coordinators Anjali Joshi and Geeta Tare.