Bhubaneswar: As part of its attempt to empower women and empower them, the Hirakud unit of the Hindalco group from Aditya Birla in Odisha has launched a host of programs, including training in sewing through the Preranato project for local girls in and around its outskirts of the plant.
The Sambalpur-based unit provides tailoring training as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives in areas such as Budhakanta, Kenalpada, Ghatipada, Kisanpada, Nuagujatal, Ricksawpara, Gundurpara, Shaktinagar, Christianpara and the city of Hirakud, etc., informs Mr. Kailash Pandey, director of Hindalco. -Amas Hirakud.
Stating that empowering women has always been a priority area for the group, Pandey said women’s economic empowerment has become a top development priority. “When a woman is empowered, her whole family, especially the children, reap the benefits, which also helps to increase the human development index,” he adds.
Krishna Padhi, head of human resources at the Hindalco Hirakud complex, says “So far, more than 578 girls and women have benefited from the training programs, organized in six-month batches. Training courses are currently being organized in the villages of HirakudTown, Gadamunda and Budhakanta ”. The Budhakanta training center was inaugurated very recently by Namonarayan Biswal, an influential in the region.
Biswal applauded Hindalco’s efforts to set up this sewing center in their village which will provide an opportunity for unemployed girls and women to stand up.
Some women, who have benefited from Hindalco’s training, have set up home sewing centers. Others took advantage of this by making minor changes themselves. A few like SanjettaOram, Alka Rani Barik and L Santoshin Reddy have now become trainers.
BharatiBisoi, 26, from Jhankarpara, dropped out of school, says she attended tailoring training sessions organized by Hindalco’s CSR team and then formed a self-help group (SHG) – “Sanskruti” – who received a contract to sew the uniform of a public high school for girls.
Tanushree Sahu, president of “Annapurna” SH, whose husband has different abilities, expressed gratitude to the Hindalco CSR team for providing the necessary training. expand support and help women like her improve their standard of living. During this pandemic, she sewn over 10,000 masks and won well.
Welcoming the initiative, DSWO, Sambalpur, Gitanjali Mahapatra said the company’s efforts towards women’s empowerment are commendable. “These sewing training sessions not only improve women’s skills, but also make them financially self-sufficient,” she adds.
In Odisha, the Aditya Birla group reaches more than 5 lakh of people touching more than 2 lakh of life in the 128 villages of five districts. Rajashree Birla, President of the Aditya Birla Center for Community Initiatives and Rural Development, described the Group’s vision for CSR, which is to “actively contribute to the social and economic development of the communities in which we operate. In line with the United Nations SDGs, our effort is to alleviate the burden of poverty on the underserved and foster inclusive growth. In doing so, build a better and sustainable way of life for the weakest and most marginalized sections of society ”.
India RSE I December 16, 2021