Basic Tailoring Course @ Sami Vanjang, Maidi VDC in Dhading District

Building up Livelihood Skills
For an independent future through skills training

Tailoring in Nepal is traditionally a male occupation, so women, especially from the poor families and remote areas are usually excluded from this and other professions.

“From the time I was small, I liked to sew,” said 25 years old, Sumitra Thapa.

“I have finally received the opportunity to learn tailoring skills. It is because of Compassionate Hands For Nepal that I got the opportunity,” she said happily.

A 3 month basic tailoring course for 24 rural women is currently ongoing in the village of Sami Vanjang, Maidi VDC in Dhading District. Previously there were no skills training of any kind for women in this area. CHFN identified this lack and provided training course on tailoring for these most neglected women.

“I am gaining marketable skills through this training that will help me increase my family income”, said 20 year old Sakuni. She said “I want to do so much more and all the knowledge I am gaining will certainly help me succeed.”This training not only provides the women with a skill but also helps to raise their self-confidence and their role in decision making in their families.

Praising the CHFN’s initiative Village Development Committee secretary Kamala Karki said, “The training enable women to become an entrepreneur. Training enables adult women to earn an income and learn to work together as professional.”

The women participating in the training are very happy. They are learning to sew blouses, innerwear, school uniforms, clothes, petty coats and sarees. They are also learning to maintain and repair their sewing machine.

At the opening ceremony of the training Beni Karki, director of CHFN thanked the stakeholder and explained that CHFN aims to enable women to earn their own money and thereby to make their own choices and become self-reliant. He wished well as they began to learn new skills with their sewing machine.