Women follow a 15-day training to make fabric bags

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“They are now qualified to start their own fabric bag manufacturing units, or work in a unit”

“They are now qualified to start their own fabric bag manufacturing units, or work in a unit”

Eighty women trained during a cloth bag making program organized by the YellowBag Foundation were commended at Meenambalpuram here on Tuesday.

“As Tamil Nadu moves towards the eradication of plastic bags to be thrown away and used, there is an opportunity for women from low income families to make cloth bags as a means of earning a living,” said RMJ Ramajeyam, founder of YellowBag Foundation.

A total of 80 participants received a 15-day training in two batches this month. They have been trained to sew a range of cloth bags such as classic cloth bags, tote bags, baskets, clutches, backpacks and messenger bags using ‘gada’ fabric. They are now qualified to start their own fabric bag manufacturing units, or can work in our manufacturing centers, Mr. Ramajeyam said.

The participants were mostly housewives from Meenambalpuram and surrounding areas. The training was sponsored by Madura Microfinance and Credit Access Foundation.

“I’ve never touched a sewing machine before, but I’m sure I’ll sew a bag after the training”Sabita BanuIntern

During a feedback session, one of the trainees, Sabitha Banu, said, “I never touched a sewing machine until I signed up for the training. But now I’m sure to sew a bag. Many echoed similar views.

Mr. Chitra, a housewife from a family of weavers, said: “Since our business has dwindled, I have stayed at home without work. Now I want to buy my own sewing machine and learn how to sew blouses and churidars. I want to teach my daughter too.

Mr. Chellammal, the trainer, who learned sewing at the YellowBag Foundation in 2018, said: “Teaching them a trade school is fulfilling because I can make many more women like me financially independent.

Along with the certificate, a kit containing a measuring tape, scissors, threads, five-yard cloth, a pack of needles and other essential sewing items was presented to encourage participants.

The YellowBag Foundation was established in 2014 by a group of socially conscious individuals who focus on transforming women and children in vulnerable high crime, low income communities in Madurai. They train women and provide them with employment in a decentralized production environment to make cotton fabric bags.

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