• Livelihood support to poor Handloom Weavers Our Vision to enhance the livelihoods and quality of life of vulnerable weavers involved in weaving handloom sarees and facilitate in improving their living. We continue our support for Weavers in Maniabandha village, Odisha facing the following problems:
    • Threats from power looms
    • Indebtedness and taking of loans for running the handlooms
    • Limited direct marketing scope
    • Middlemen games and pressures
    • Fewer new generation people using handlooms on an everyday basis in their homes and other purposes as well as for wearing and therefore a reduced demand generation, there is a direct impact on the incomes of weaver households, as well as loss of traditions and culture.
    • Women headed households doubly vulnerable
  • Vocational Training (Rural) A Vocational Training Centre on Tailoring & Embroidery has been running successfully at Adhanga Po- Bhagabanpur, Derabish Block of Kendrapara district. There are 30 women from Other Backward Classes who benefitted from the initiative this year.
  • Income Generating Programme (Urban) Arupa Mission Research Foundation is running an Income Generating Programme (Incense sticks & Candle Making) at Mahabir Nagar, Saliasahi, Bhubaneswar (under BMC). Two Women Self Help Groups are engaged in this. Follow up of this initiative is done on a regular basis by Gp. Capt. B.P. Patnaik, Chairman, AMRF, Sri Chittaranjan Sahoo, Project Coordinator, AMRF, Sri Ramakanta Swain, Social Activist, and Miss Anusaya Sahoo, Social Activist.