One of the key factors keeping women in vulnerable situations is financial dependence and insecurity. Recognizing this, RENEW’s Livelihood Project aims to provide appropriate and sustainable skills trainings that lead to income generation and greater financial independence. Our goal is to ensure that the women who receive livelihood skills training are able to strengthen their self-reliance and support themselves and their children through effective livelihood strategies.
In local communities, the Livelihood Project works in close coordination with the Micro-Finance Project to identify preferred skills training matched with market viability. Clients in the Livelihood Project are first members of the Micro-Finance Project’s savings and loan groups thus allowing them to access loans, if needed, upon completion of their skills training.
Beneficiaries receive training in traditional looming, weaving, tailoring, food production (ginger candy, kimchi, tofu) and agricultural techniques. The Livelihood Project is committed to diversifying the trainings provided based on the beneficiary groups’ interests and market demand.
Through increasing livelihood opportunities, women gain confidence in their ability to improve their lives. Along with skills training, beneficiaries also receive on-going support and guidance to ensure the viability of group and personal business plans, life skills counselling and career guidance. The Livelihood Project is currently active in seven Dzongkhags (provinces) and aims to gradually provide these services in all twenty Dzongkhags of Bhutan.
RENEW’s Livelihood Project is generously funded by Fida International.
Contact the Livelihood Project at email@example.com
RENEW/FIDA Success Story
A team from RENEW went to visit Dechen Pelden, a former tailor and trainee of RENEW. Dechen is a single mother with one young son in first grade. She has led a life that is far from happy. Dechen has a partial hearing impairment, which has made her interaction and socialization with other people difficult for her. This has resulted in her not being able to speak properly. While speaking to her, we realized that she was not able to understand what we were trying to communicate to her properly.
Being a single mother with no source of income made her life difficult. That was when, her brother brought her to RENEW to receive help in starting a career. She was then given training on tailoring with support from Fida International and continued to work in RENEW – Fida livelihood project for more than two years to improve on her skills and quality. Later on, Dechen’s friend, Dorji Choden introduced Dechen to her work place, known as Tenzin Sculpture. Both of them currently work there together as tailors. Dechen has explored her talent in tailoring beyond the basic clothing she used to tailor; bags and cushion covers. She can now make Thangkas (tapestries/wall hanging), covers for various religious items and other sorts of customized clothing.
For now, her financial matters have been resolved and she is satisfied with her livelihood with her son. Dorji explains that Dechen seems to have really grown as a person through the years she has known her. “She has become much more confident. She is able to interact much better as compared to the first time I met her. The training she received from RENEW has no doubt helped shape the person she is today.”
Note: We learned that Tenzin Sculpture did not initially have any tailoring related work and specialized only in sculptures and stupas. Tailoring there started after Dorji and a few other women showed initiative and interest.
Felting training at Bumthang Chamkhar
Floriculture & Nursery management training
Advance Tailor Training
15 days Floriculture training
RENEW along with National Biodiversity center successfully complete 15 days Floriculture training at RENEW Vocational training Institute in Wangsisna, Thimphu.