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698 INCOME GENERATION TRAINING FOR SLUM WOMEN

posted Aug 13, 2019, 9:03 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Aug 13, 2019, 9:03 AM ]
Mumbai, 6-Aug-2019: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organized two-days training workshop on ‘Indian Spices Making Business’ on 5th & 6th August for 30 women from Vijay Nagar slum in Antop hill (Mumbai). This training programme was held under the aegis of project supported by the Association of Auxilium India (Seregno – Italy); special thanks to: Silvio and Giovanna Sormani.

The dignitaries present for this program were three special guests from Italy: Mr Francesco, Mr Claudio and Ms Francesca. More than 30 self-help group women participated in this workshop. Mrs. Ujjwala Dorugade was the resource person for this workshop. During the training six different kinds of spices were taught to participants. This included Fish masala, Biryani Masala, Special Garam Masala, Pavbhaji Masala, Chole Masala Mutton Masala etc.

Apart from teaching the production process, the resource person also taught marketing, costing, budgeting, pricing and branding of product. The participants dedicatedly learnt the skills and also discussed on starting as a small business.

The Italian organization Auxilium India has been supporting the works of DBDS for last Twelve years. It was quite an enigmatic experience for the special guests to witness this program in Antop hill. Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive director – DBDS) in his welcome speech mentioned that the main objective of this training was to impart skills and knowledge on micro business for supplementary income to the families connected to this project. He also thanked Auxilium India for their constant support; towards the activities happening through DBDS in 26 slum-pockets of Mumbai.

Mr Francesco told all the participants that it was a great joy also for them to witness this program and he wished all the women a very bright future. After the program the Italian guests visited other works of DBDS in the slums of Mumbai.

They visited Study classes in Kamala Nagar. They were warmly welcomed and had a short meeting with women and study class children. “It was truly phenomenal to see the kind of work done by Don Bosco Fathers (priests) in the slums of Mumbai” said Mr. Francesco at the end of the visit. Ms. Akila (Staff-DBDS) along with the DBDS team mobilized women to attend the training programme. She also proposed the vote of thanks.