ASHA - 1000 Tailoring Centers
An initiative of Act of Random Kindness (ARK) Social Welfare Society, Pune, MH, Project Asha is designed to provide a livelihood to rural women through skill impartment.
The project centres around the skill of tailoring. To make a livelihood out of the skill, Project Asha gathers used clothes and other resources in the name of donations. Out of which rural women are trained to make different kinds of handicrafts. These products made by rural women are then sold in varying markets.
The vision of the PROJECT ASHA is to create a platform that will empower thousands of rural women by offering them livelihood means through various opportunities in tailoring.
The ultimate mission of the Project is to set up as many tailoring centres as possible. To quantify the mission, setting up of 50,000 tailoring centres pan India by 2030 is our main objective. Currently, ASHA centres are running in Buldhana, Teosa, Mozhari and Talegaon.
The milestones ahead
Keeping in mind the feasibility and sustainability of the project, roadmap for the next 5 years, starting from the year 2018, involves:
- Opening up of 1000 Asha centres &
- Presence of Asha centres in 358 Talukas and 36 districts across Maharashtra
- The project aims at instilling a sense of confidence and independence in the womenfolk
- It provides an additional source of income to the rural families
- The project also has an environmental cause attached to it in the way of replacement of plastic bags with bags created by rural women
Appeal to people: Any sort of involvement, from the donation of used clothes (Washed and Ironed), sewing machines, stitching thread to volunteer work, is welcome. One can help in setting up and managing of tailoring centres by being a sponsor.