Misaal Rozgaar is an attempt to develop sustainable models of livelihood generation for weaker sections who are stuck in the cycle of being dependent on labour work. Under this project we have established Misaal Rozgaar Resource Centres in Patna and Banda. The Patna centre is supported thanks to the generosity of Midlands International Aid Trust and British Association for People of Asian origin, both UK based charities. Banda centre is supported Indian Muslim Welfare Association, Lucknow.
Misaal Rozgaar aims to provide skills training in crafts (tailoring, among others) as well as in enterprise development for sustainable income generation, to older and young adult women from weaker section of the society, namely poor Muslim and Dalit families.
Under this programme training in tailoring is provided, besides support to the trainees to organize themselves to produce dress material and other items, and market those, in individual / collective enterprises, for supplementing their family income. Tailoring training is being provided by qualified trainers, to women in multiple batches, to maximize the benefits of the programme.
Trainees are also being encouraged to organize themselves into Self Help Groups (SHGs), and supported,through hand-holding and signposting, to use their collective strength to better make use of market opportunities to maximize their incomes. This will also allow beneficiaries to make use of the public opportunities for livelihoods improvement – skills development and micro-finance schemes – prioritized by national and state government for poverty alleviation.
Ultimately the resource centre will also function as a space (and resource) for women to come together todiscuss and collectively plan resolving their common day-to-day problems: the challenge of access toservices and social security schemes, as well as the disabilities and violence they face at home.