Ini­tia­tor and pro­vides train­ing; Aas­mant Foun­da­tion helps in hu­man re­source mo­bil­i­sa­tion; and IJMA pro­vides raw ma­te­rial.

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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.

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