Program Case Study

Green Skilling Program, Bangalore:

Objective: skill development in creating marketable products from discard materials such as used flowers, silk threads, fabric discards, flex banners and newspapers.

Beneficiary Profile: persons with intellectual disability, women from low income communities and those being rehabilitated from domestic violence are being trained in a range of craft skills.

Beneficiaries trained: 550

(a) Therapeutic benefit*: 250

(b) Income generation: 300

Discards processed:

  • 15,000 kilos of flower waste
  • 400 kilos of Silk thread discards
  • Also fabric discards, flex banners and old newspapers.


  • Flowers – Holi colours, DIY Flower Sand Art Kit, Rangoli powders, Potpourri
  • Silk threads, Fabric discards – range of jewellery and personal accessories
  • Flex banners – tote bags, travel kits, cosmetic pouches, cheque book covers

Skill Training Partners: Gramin Abyudaya Seva Samsthe (GASS), NIMHANS, Orione Seva, Richmond Fellowship Society, Seva in Action, Spandana, Vidyaranya

Project period: February 2016 to date

*This program offers therapeutic and cognitive benefits for beneficiaries with severe to moderate intellectual disability.

Working with flowers has resulted in improved social skills, higher concentration levels enabled colour recognition and fostered team work.

Skill and craft for women’s empowerment, West Bengal:

Objective: Using craft skills as a means to train disadvantaged persons in order to enable rehabilitation, income generation and economic self reliance.

Beneficiary Profile: Women rescued from a life of trafficking, tribal and rural women

Beneficiaries trained: 200

(a)Women rehabilitated from trafficking: 105

(b)Tribal and rural women: 95

Brief: Craft skills range from hand-block printing, screen printing and tailoring to tie & dye, fabric discards, bena grass jewellery and kantha embroidery. We have 3 centres, one each in Kolkata, Bonnerpukur Danga village in Bolpur and Jalpaiguri. The training is enabling beneficiaries to earn an income, making them economically self reliant and developing the confidence to live and work independently, and be rehabilitated into society. To date 60% of the beneficiaries are absorbed in the production centers while the remaining have opted for self employment.


  • Garments: stoles, scarves, kimonos, dresses, jackets, blouse pieces
  • Home accessories: cushion covers, placemats, runners, coasters
  • Jewellery: neck pieces, earrings, bracelets, anklets and so on.

Implementing Partner: Women’s Interlink Foundation

Project duration: September 2015 to date

Swayam Sakthi project, Hyderabad

Objective: Enabling empowerment and economic self reliance through craft based livelihoods.

Beneficiary Profile: unskilled women from economically underprivileged backgrounds

Beneficiaries trained: 100

Brief: advanced skill training in three complimentary skills – hand embroidery (from zardosi to banjara), painting (on fabric, paper, metal and wood), and tailoring to enable sustained income generation from an integrated production unit.


  • 50% absorbed in production unit, remaining have opted for self employment
  • Design workshops have enabled high levels of creativity and encouraged our women to undertake design development
  • The group has been receiving regular monthly orders from

Partner NGO: Centre for Social Service

Project duration: 3 years (2017 – 2019)