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Indigenous women in Manas landscape learn tailoring to explore alternative livelihoods

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Dec 28: Aaranyak, a prominent conservation organisation, recently conducted a four-day tailoring training program for 11 women of the Himalaya Self Help Group (SHG) in Bhuyapara, Baksa, within the Manas Landscape. The initiative aims to equip women with tailoring skills, providing them with opportunities for alternative livelihoods and reducing their dependence on the forest.

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Renowned tailor Kamaluddin Ali from Rupahi Bazar led the training, covering the basics of measuring, cutting, and stitching blouses and frocks. The SHG members actively participated in hands-on practice under the supervision of the trainer, gaining practical skills in garment-making.

The project, titled ‘Securing population of tigers, habitats and biological corridors in Assam, India’, is supported by IUCN-KFW and focuses on biodiversity conservation in the Manas landscape, Baksa district. Aaranyak’s inclusive approach aims to empower women economically, fostering their engagement in forest conservation and sustainable practices.

Through initiatives like tailoring training, indigenous women become key stakeholders in conservation efforts, contributing to the long-term sustainability of biodiversity and habitats. This project not only addresses gender disparities but also strengthens community involvement for effective forest conservation in the region.

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