Educate a Woman, Empower a Nation – Adani Group transforms Jamilabath village

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Chennai, Apr 13 The Adani Foundation conducted a month-long workshop to help women groups upskill their talent, besides providing market linkage that not only enables them to become self-reliant but also provides them a source of income.Jamilabath is a non descript village in Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu which falls under Pulicat’s Kottai Kuppam Panchayat, where around 430 Muslim families and natives of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh live.They were relocated to Pulicat in 1977 and only the male members of these families venture out of the village for work, with a majority of them engaged in fish vending and allied activities, which is not suffice to meet both ends amid their poor socio-economic conditions.

With the aim of improving their standard of living of the people in this village, the Adani Foundation successfully introduced meaningful CSR interventions over the past few years. The Foundation conducted a month-long upskilling workshop that concluded yesterday in palm leaf knitting for the women of Jamilabath to help them fine tune various products as per the market demands.The women of the community were eager to engage in small scale livelihood activities and their journey towards self-reliance started way back in 2014.

Around 150 of them knew the art of weaving palm leaves for making various products using traditional methods. It was evident that proper hand holding and upskilling could help them in their quest for self-reliance. The CSR teams of the Foundation interacted with selected 55 women who live in and around Jamilabath, and were trained in making artifacts that are used in rituals, ceremonies and for home decor purposes, a release from Adani Foundation today said. They received refresher training in the year 2014-15 and were organized in a group called Ar-Rahman Palm Leaf Product Producer United Association. Fathima became the group’s president and Aysha Beevi became the treasurer.

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