SVD Foundation started and running a Village Knowledge Center, aim to give all sort of knowledge require for the development of village at village itself and to get whatever they want help to improve would get those things from there itself and to get exposure to outer world, gain knowledge, go beyond their vicinity, to change and improve their quality of life. This center started in usupur periya theru, in usupur pachayat, Chidambaram taluk, Cudallore Dt., Tamil nadu, India. It is one the SVD Foundation’s project village. In which, two main activities initially started and running are Training on tailoring and Training on computer education as Entry Point Activity.
Initially, these programs focus on some of the poorest particularly target women and men disadvantaged people in remote and down-trodden in economically backward villages in the district of Cuddalore, Tamil nadu.
Initiation of tailoring activity
As the villagers to have a mutual understanding and put a confident on implementing agency of SVD Foundation, the ‘Project Team’ of Foundation analyzed the situation instantly and found some activities for their development. Among these activities the villagers asked the project team to implement an activity that can be productive, profitable and familiar to them.
Training on tailoring
Previously nearly 30 members are gathered and meet to start any one income generation activity, on this, we made discussion with the interested women, during the discussion, they asked us to provide any one enterprise with proper training and they asked us let them think about the necessity.
After a week, after they decide and confirm the activity, they exposed their willingness to start enterprise on ‘Tailoring’. They clearly explained that it is better to give us tailoring because some of us have the knowledge on the same and other having sewing machine interested to get expertise and get more income on it.
Based on the synchronization and they decided, SVD Foundation desired to give the venture of ‘Tailoring’ as they like as a ENTRY POINT ACTIVITY as to make them organized form to bring the all activity project activities towards success. For this purpose, project team made a discussion with a group of interested members again with the selected members (beneficiaries) those who are selected by themselves as per the criteria developed by them, about how to start the enterprise for you, what are norm you have to fixed for members and place and run the same.
On the account of the above decision, the training on tailoring is started on 15.01.2014. The center is located at 153, Usupur, periyatheru. Chidambarm, Cuddalore Dt. Tamil nadu, India. A lady having the knowledge and qualified in tailoring has been appointed as ‘trainer’ and she is taking classes for the trainees on regular basis. Presently, the place for the training is provided by the SVD Foundation President and Trustee Mr. KG. Rajan Ex-Army.
The goal of the training members is learning through ‘training on tailoring’ by getting expertise and by starting the joint venture generating income by getting bulk order from outside to get regular and more income”. It is alternate income generation activity to get additional to their family. The members getting training in this centre are coming from in and around the project village. Since the trainees are living in the same area, they are willing to do their job at the same village where they getting training.
They desired to organize as a group, start small savings and open a bank account in nearby bank for their money transaction and revolving the same for their further development. Since they are interested to participate in the group activity to attain bulk income through their joint venture, All expenses related to formation of group, job oriented training and arranging for joint venture will borne by the foundation with help of funding agencies.