Last month, Team Baank-e-Loom organised a community meeting in Saidanpur village of Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh to register community members for Weaver ID card, which provides a weaver household with various social and economic benefits. The half-a-day meeting registered 40 weavers who have been promised support by the district handloom department. Further, to expand the reach of the digital handloom cluster development programme in Barabanki, Team Baank-e-Loom visited the villages of Saadatgang and Banjara Tola to create awareness about digital tools and digital interventons, besides other vocational skills to improve the monthly livelihood of households.
Women from the community were encouraged to join tailoring, embroidery and mehendi workshops while children and youth were mobilised to join digital literacy classes in Saidanpur or read the books available at the centre library. The team also engaged men from the community by providing some basic functional mobilise literacy trainings, primarily to carry out financial transactions and keep away from fake or proxy calls.
So far, the Saidanpur digital resource centre has successfully trained and certified 1,009 students in digital literacy and 70 women in tailoring and embroidery. Further, the centre has provided speech functional digital literacy to 100 homemakers and teenage girls, created a team of 15 wireless engineers, enrolled 210 youth for an English speaking course and provided 256 individuals with entrepreneurship skills or mentoring. One-fifty other have been trained in basic smartphone literact and at least 500 people, including weavers and farmers, have been made aware of government schemes and benefits that they are entitled to.
Last month, Team Baank-e-Loom with its six volunteers even attended a workshop, organised by the Head Held High Foundation and supported by TATA TRUST, in Lucknow to enhance leadership skills and English communication skills among graduate youths.