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Empowering Rural Women: United Sikhs’ 40-day Skill Development Program

June 30, 2016 | By

Ludhiana, Punjab (Press Release): A 40-day Entrepreneurship Skill Development Program on Garment Manufacturing organized by United Sikhs kicked off on June 02, 2016 at village Dhamot in Ludhiana where the participants will be trained in garment manufacturing. The program will continue till July 08, 2016. We are assisted by Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises MSME – Development Institute in this endeavor.

“I can’t thank United Sikhs enough for organizing this program. I am the sole earner in my family of four and the skills learnt during this program will help me earn a better income,” says Gurpreet Kaur, one of the participants of United Sikhs’ 40-day Skill Development Program.

Women being trained in UNITED SIKHS' 40-day Skill Development Program

Women being trained in UNITED SIKHS’ 40-day Skill Development Program

United Sikhs’ Retd. Col. Manmohan Singh and Amritpal Singh were approached by MSME officials who urged us to take up the responsibility of organizing a 40-day government aided workshop on skill development for women in rural areas. Amritpal Singh, who also coordinates United Sikhs’ GurKirpa Health Network, a hospital in the area that provides high quality medical services to 700-1,200 patients every month, agreed to it.

After taking approval from the village Sarpanch Pargat Singh Ji, the program started with a batch of 30 women who are being taught garment manufacturing skills by Sukhwinder Kaur, a trainer appointed by MSME.

At the end of this 40-day program, an exhibition will be held at the village where garments made by these women will be displayed. Also, a small session will be conducted on the day by local banks where they will guide these women about loan about loan opportunities for starting a business.

“We aim at empowering these women of rural areas so that they can earn better. Empowering a woman means empowering her entire family. We thank Ik Oankar and MSME for giving us this opportunity,” said Col. Manmohan Singh Scout, Director United Sikhs (India).

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