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Skills Upgrading in Food Preparation for Women

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Providing 12-day training to Burmese refugee women in food preparation (Indian, Chinese, Mizo, Burmese, baked goods) to enable them to earn a livelihood.
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Skills Upgrading in Food Preparation for Women

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Burmese refugee women often lack the necessary skills or knowledge to earn an income for their family. One means for women to earn a living and support their families is food preparation and selling. Many women need to upgrade their skills in this area to be able to make and sell on the Indian market.

Grassroot Development Network will train 10 women over the course of 12 days with five instructors, to cover the following topics: making Indian food, baking, making Chinese food, seasoning fruits and vegetable preparation, and making Mizo and Burmese food. The participants will also learn how to market their food. The participants will include women living below the poverty line and single women.

You can help by contributing to the costs for running the training, including renting a venue and cooking equipment, buying the ingredients, transportation costs, and an honorarium for the trainers.

Additional Information

Name of Organization Grassroot Development Network
About the Organisation The Grassroots Development Network was established in 2006 by labourers and refugees from Mizoram, and in 2008 was registered under the Mizoram Firms and Society Act 2005. Its goal is to promote human rights and women’s rights, promote self-reliance among grassroots communities, and serve the Burmese refugee and migrant worker population in Mizoram state. GDN runs a safe house called the Way Ward home for women and girls who are victims of violence, in particular domestic violence in the Burmese community. The organization also provides training in gender issues and human rights advocacy, as well as actively helping refugee women find sustainable employment. GDN engages in capacity building of Burmese refugees, particularly women, who in turn share what they have learned with their community and inspire others to participate.
Total Costs INR 24,500 (approximately CZK 9,000 or EUR 350)
Amount for sponsorship CZK 9,000
Total Number of Shares 18
Location Aizawl, Mizoram
Timeframe July 2012
Progress Update

July: In the third week of July, GDN provided a cooking skills course for 10 women living in Aizawl, to enable them to be able to earn a living selling food. The women learned to make a variety of snacks and foods, as well as ginger juice and ginger candy. All the food items made were then sold. Since the training was completed, 2 women have gotten jobs in a restaurant and one widow has been selling ginger juice and candy to help support her family.

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