As a result of the switch to machine embroidery, many manufacturers have had to reduce their production or close factories completely. As a consequence, many women have lost their jobs and have little prospect of finding new employment due to their limited qualifications and because of social and cultural obstacles.
The Women´s Empowerment Programme was set up to improve the situation of the former embroidery workers. The programme has the following aims:
- to improve the qualifications of the unemployed women in order to improve their prospects of finding new work;
- to provide better training opportunities for the workers still working for the existing embroidery suppliers.
In order to achieve a high impact at local level, the project is being implemented with the local non-governmental organisation Baidarie, which provides the project with additional experience and expertise.