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The handloom sector is special as it nurtures and preserves ancient weaving skills which are unique to each state and also provides employment to large number of rural households. It is also true that handloom weaving as an activity is in deep crisis with low productivity, low wages, lack of proper market, low literacy levels, firmly entrenched middlemen and very little formal bank finance flowing to the sector. Same is the story of weaving sector in Banka and the handloom industry is declining. A number of weavers are trying to change their profession because of tough working conditions, lower wages, lower income, irregular supply of raw material, low margin on the products, complex procedures to access institutional credit support and marketing. The weavers find it difficult to get loans from banks. Also younger generation is reluctant to adopt weaving as their profession.
Recognizing the importance of the handloom sector and strong potential of weavers in “Banka District” and its prospective market, NABARD has came into association with Banka Silk to provide the required exposure and expansion to the Weavers from the district. Under this, Banka Silk’s project has been sanctioned and financial assistance has been released to the company.
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Jharcraft collaborates with Banka Silk and signs an MoU, with the vision to enhance the competitiveness of handloom products developed in Jharkhand, provide exposure to the artisans on current trends, consumer taste as well as fetches the weavers a better and deserved price for the products they meticulously develop. Also to identify and train the highly skilled weavers to take weaving to a higher level.
Banka Silk will be providing training to the 30 thousand weavers of the state on skill development, design innovation and relevant technology applications. They shall be trained as per the industry norms & requirements, so that the products developed are contemporary, innovative and as per the current market & consumer demands.
As the handloom market today is very competitive, it is necessary that the weavers should ensure consistency in terms of quality of the products, finishing of the goods and rate of production. This is only possible if they are aware of the latest technology, designs, quality standards etc in this field. So the Govt. of Jharkhand ensures that the weavers are trained in each district and on a timely basis. Banka Silk will form an efficient and cohesive team, entirely dedicated to the weaver’s training program that would visit each and every district in Jharkhand and conduct an extensive training program as per a planned module.
A range of product needs to be identified, developed and tested first. The products have to be designed in a way, they are unique, creative and cannot be easily copied by other regions or other countries.
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The PwC India Foundation was established in 2008 with the objective of making an impact in the areas of education and environment sustainability. Our thematic focus areas for five years i.e. FY 2016-2020 are water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), social entrepreneurship, issues of urban children, education and environment sustainability. Humanitarian response in times of disaster is embedded in our core objectives.
The Government of Bihar (GoB), through the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS), an autonomous body under the Department of Rural Development, is spearheading the World Bank aided Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project (BRLP), locally known as JEEViKA with the objective of social & economic empowerment of the rural poor.