right to livelihood
PBET has been involving in organizing the Street Vendors in Jorhat town since 2009. A vendors' association was created under the guidance of PBET. The association works for the welfare, license and space. It advocates with the local administration, municipality board for proper implementation of the National Street Vendors Policy. PBET is member of National Street Vendors Association of India (NASVI).
On the 8th day of September in 2014, "Women Alliance Against Violence" a solidarity group of women survivors in an effort to realize the importance of financial independence in women’s lives, came out with the idea of creating livelihood opportunities to provide livelihood assistance to women survivors through skillful work. In this process PBET is taking the role of facilitator.
The "Rengani" nursery is an outcome of this process. It is located at Chinnamara, Jorhat. The women survivors, who were victimized at one point of their lives, are the active members of this nursery. At present the nursery is providing permanent salaried employment to three women survivors and also creating seasonal employment opportunities to women survivors.
The nursery holds various types of flowers, organic vegetables and ornamental plants as well. The methods employed are traditional and organic. Preserving traditional method of farming is also one of the important aim of the nursery.
The prospect of the nursery is growing day by day with the plant saplings being utilized for commercial purpose. With the growing popularity and importance of such a start-up, the Agricultural Department of Jorhat is providing incentives to promote it further. Recently, the nursery was provided with a thousand Anthurium saplings for further income generation, which enhanced the variety of the nursery and strengthen the edeavour of the women survivors to turn them to productive farmers.
Tareng , a traditional Manipuri weavers group
Purva Bharati Educational Trust in collaboration with WinG-Assam took the initiative to mobilize the women of Bantarapur in Cachar District to think for their livelihood and the development of the society at large. Rural women’s life style is very different from urban women. Rural women’s work is not like a 9 to 5 job especially where women are engaged in agriculture and cattle rearing etc. Though they work at par with their male counter part, they do not have right over resources or the income from their work. Therefore WinG-Assam took the endeavor to create self-employment opportunities for rural women which they can do along with their household choirs and also mobilize them for their rights and entitlements.
On 20th July, 2013 WinG-Assam organized a meeting of the women of Bantarapur to discuss about their problems and find out livelihood options. 33 women of different age group were present in that meeting. They all said that they need to be united and work together for the financial independence of themselves and the all round development of their village. For achieving the above mentioned objective a weavers group was formed. The name of the group is 'TARENG'. Since they all are experts in traditional weaving they formed a group to do collective weaving. The profit from the weaving deducting the material cost and labour cost will be used for the development of the women of that area and the village at large.
At the initial stage WinG-Assam facilitate them to get a loan amount of Rs.11,000 from "Snehtritha" Mahila Samiti, Guwahati. The group selected 6 women from the group for weaving for the first phase. They completed the weaving in two month and sold the cloths at different places of Assam through WinG-Assam network. The group earned profit of Rs.3512. In this process the 6 weavers of the group earned an income and the profit is invested for continue the process of the collective weaving. Since then this weaving group is doing collective weaving and earning as well as preserving the traditional method of weaving