A team from DEF was in Odisha last month to assess the situation of weavers in the villages of Attabira, Barapali and Nuapatna. It is sad to know that despite the government’s cluster development programme, the wages of weavers have only marginally increased since 2005. Adding to the woes of weavers is the role of middlemen who’re making profits by taking advantage of the lack of knowledge/education of weavers who are designing intricate patterns and weaving beautiful sarees day in and day out. Another issue that’s ailing the weaver community is the migration of the youth to other professions. Today, there are very few children and youth in the region who are actually interested in pursuing their traditional profession. DEF has thus, decided to adopt two clusters of weavers, in partnership with Microsoft Corporate Citizenship, to help improve the livelihood of weavers by giving them digital literacy and access to information.