Hyderabad: After nearly two decades of extending a helping hand to the Dalit community, the city-based Centre for Dalit Studies is now planning to expand its wings.
CDS, which has three centres offering life skills to women at Moula Ali, JJ Nagar and Neredmet, is planning to set up centres in Rangareddy, Medak and Medchal to offer life skills to women, apart from acting as a bridge between the government and the community.
With financial assistance from the Tata Group, CDS has been organizing skill development and business establishment programmes for women over the last two years. The training imparted include fashion designing/tailoring, skills for beauticians and a course in computer basics. And so far, over 1,000 women have earned jobs or set up their own businesses, turning self-sufficient and also becoming breadwinners for their families.
YB Satyanarayana, Director, CDS, says the main objective of the skill development programme was to measure and monitor the beneficiary’s performance and to certify her skills, and help her benefit.
Among those who have turned beauticians with the help of CDS is 19-year-old K. Bharathi. After pursuing Intermediate, Bharathi was on the lookout for a job.
“I learned many beauty tips including shaping of the eyebrows, bleaching, cleaning and facial for around three months. After completing my training, I was selected as a beautician and am now working with Colours Beauty Parlour and earing Rs.5,000 per month,” she says.
Not just Bharathi, but others like N. Priya, T Shirisha and K. Deepika too have similar stories to narrate. Deepika, a housewife from Moula Ali, says she was under severe financial stress, with no skills at all to earn on her own.
“I joined CDS and got trained as a beautician. Now I run my own small parlour from our home. Besides extending financial support to my family, I am now confident that I can live without depending on others,” she says.
A need-based curriculum has been put into use to enhance skills of the women, with those who were trained in advanced fashion designing benefiting in a major way. CDS has also helped women avail loans for self-employment schemes, adds Satyanarayana.