DHAKA, Nov 26, 2019 (BSS)- A Sewing and Embroidery Training Center in city’s Mirpur area has imparted training to around 4000 women on how sewing and embroidery machines work perfectly aimed at making them empowered so that they can run their business independently .
According to the information provided by office assistant Nurul Islam of the training center, since opening the center in 1993, around 4000 women have received training from it. Of them, 80 percent women are successful in businesses. And around 99 percent women have become self-reliant after completing training the free of cost course from the center.
This Sewing and Embroidery Training Center has been established under city based women development project of Department of Women Affairs under the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.
Farida Yeasmin, trade trainer of the center, said the women can get 10 categories of training under the project but now they only give training on sewing and embroidery categories. After completing successful training from here many women like Ruma Akter, Shopna Begum, Rawshan Ara and Sonia Akhter have become big entrepreneur. At present they are conducting their business at Mirpur, Kazipara, Kachhukhet and adjacent areas.
Successful women of this training center Sonia Akhter, who is doing her business in the Kachukhet area, told this correspondent that she was just a housewife eight years ago. One day she was informed about the Sewing and Embroidery Training Center by her neighbor. Her husband is a job holder, who works at a private company with low salary. But his little amount of income never was enough to maintain their family cost. So, she decided to go to the center and applied to get admission. After one month Sonia received a call to attend the interview and finally passed from there.
The young lady said after completing four-month long training she got a job at a tailoring house at Kachukhet. Just two and half-year later Sonia has started her own tailoring shop with two sewing machines. But at present, six women work at her business institution and she is financially capable. Sonia has extended her thanks and gratitude to the government of Bangladesh for introducing such training facilities.
Another self-reliant woman Rawshan Ara said she received training from the center and opened a tailoring shop at Mirpur-10 fifteen years ago. Now she has three tailoring shops where sixteen women are working. Rawshan thinks Sewing and Embroidery Training Center has changed her life.
Trade trainer, also in-charge of the training center, Farida Yeasmin said after completing successful training from here, many women have engaged themselves as entrepreneur and opened their business houses near the head office of the Department of Women Affairs.
Of them, many attend foreign fairs where women from across the world participate as entrepreneur. All the expenses of a participant are given by the Department of Women Affairs, she said.
Farida said at present they give admission to 50-60 women each batch which was 20 initially. The free training service including Taka 8,000 stipend in the four-month long course is for helpless, divorced, widow, poor and ultra poor women.
Next training course of the center will be started from January next in 2020. The three-hour long sewing and embroidery training will include 60 women in two shifts, added Farida Yeasmin.