Micro-skill Development Centres

The city of Agra is for the Taj Mahal in the minds of the national and international community. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Taj is the biggest attraction for visitors to the country and the city. The rich cultural heritage and flourishing tourism in the city of Agra has little or no impact on economically weaker section of the city is a major lacuna in the current development scenario. The central philosophy guiding the project methodology is that the proposed project will benefit the local communities present in the precincts of Tajganj, socially, economically and culturally.
With the objective of improving livelihood of residents a sustainable livelihood project that promotes traditional skills; zardosi work and stone inlay, have been proposed. The project involves development of 4 micro-skill development centers (Teela Saeed Nagar, Nala Shaikh Bulaki ,Kolhai , Chowk Chaindara) in TAjganj rea ( ABD area) to impart traditional skills; zardosi embroidery and stone inlay to residents.
The project is focused on women empowerment & their socio-economic growth along with the promotion of local art, craft, culture, tradition, etc. This project will strengthen the economic condition of Tajganj area through skill development of SHGs and their sustainable linkages by establishing micro-skill centers. The major objectives of project include; To support micro skill initiatives to form a platform for the women group of the Tajganj Area; To provide skill development trainings to targeted SHGs; To establish micro skill centers in Tajganj , To promote traditional art , Product development for SHGs, Value chain analysis of Produce/services, To establish linkage and other concern activities.
104 women SHG are identified having 1024 members in Tajganj area which will be mapped to 4 Microskill Development Centres . The expected project outcomes are Established micro-skill centers, Increased capacity of SHGs with micro skills, Recognition of traditional art, Developed business plan with products for sustainable livelihood of SHGs, To established linkages with other resources, Increased stakeholder’s participation, Increased awareness among the community, Improved socio-economic condition of SHGs, Inventory of handicraft and other livelihood resources. The project commenced on 10th October 2018 and infrastructure works were completed on 10th February 2019 and currently various training programmers are in progress.
The SHG members will be linked with the skill development centers for their capacity building and other livelihood intervention. The identified skills will help in product development process. These skills are identified among the members of 104 SHGs with in 16 communities. The SHGs will be grouped on the bases of their skills and linked with the 4 different micro skill centers.