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  • Training in Paper Mache Dolls Empower Women in Srirangam

    Empowering a woman is the best way to take not just her family but the entire nation forward. Empowered women create a ripple effect to transform the lives of people around them. Working on this axiom, the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation (Poompuhar) organized a six month training programme for making paper Mache Dolls to 50 women in Srirangam.

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    This training will encourage the fifty women to create a self-help group to eke a livelihood, (something that they have already done under the name of Thaayar SHG). The trainees were taught the art of making Papier Mache dolls so that they can create dolls of various Gods and Goddesses and famous personalities. These dolls have a good market in Srirangam as it is a pilgrimage centre.

    Trainees were provided with an infrastructure kit that contained moulding component, wheel, brushes, axe and knife and a stipend of Rs. 3,000 along with the certificate by T.P. Poonachi, Minister for Khadi and Village Industries at the valediction function of the training programme.

    These trained women will be able to produce not just dolls but also various other Papier Mache products for other markets too. It will immensely help in improving the economic condition of these women in the Srirangam region. These Papier Mache dolls are also available at the many Poompuhar outlets throughout the country.

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