Initiator and provides training; Aasmant Foundation helps in human resource mobilisation; and IJMA provides raw material.
Dakshagram Jewellery Manufacturing and Training Centre in Ankurhati to ensure best practices through proper training of the artisans. The ergonomical set-up is designed to provide a safe work environment, increase productivity, and reduce manufacturing lead time to improve product quality. It will also help the gem and jewellery industry in retaining its existing artisans as well as attracting new talent. GJSCI is responsible for training artisans to use the machinery correctly, and skill them. GJSCI has also signed an MoU with other states like Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan to certify artisans in each region as well as in some cases make them up-to-date in skills.
In a matter of months, GJSCI, under its Project Vanika has trained over 900 tribal women to make fashion jewellery. How was this feat achieved?
Project Vanika was initiated in Wada, Palghar, Jawhar and Vikramgadh areas of Palghar district and our aim was to train women to earn a living by utilising their hitherto untapped skills. We had organised a seven-day programme to train them in jewellery making, but they completed the course in just two days! They are naturally gifted and artistic. We have so far trained and employed 900 women to make imitation jewellery. Earlier, these women earned about to a day by doing menial jobs, but today, they earn between and a day under this project. Once the products are finished, Aasmant checks the consignment for quality and keeps an account. The goods then are bought over by IJMA and the NGO, in turn, distributes the money among tribal women.