The Research and Advocacy department of Digital Empowerment Foundation produced a report on ‘Improving Livelihoods of Rural Weavers through Digital Training’ based on training provided by DEF and Commonwealth of Learning to 2000 weavers and artisans across 8 states – Andhra Pradesh (Prakasam), Karnataka (Chamrajanagar), Madhya Pradesh (Ashok Nagar), Odisha (Bargarh, Cuttack), Rajasthan (Barmer), Tamil Nadu (Kanchipuram, Trichy), Uttar Pradesh (Barabanki) and West Bengal (Murshidabad). The training provided knowledge of ICT tools and critical digital skills to the artisan and weaver community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The training holds more importance during these unprecedented times when the country is facing a high unemployment rate. The digital training became instrumental when physical distancing was important to curb the spread of the virus, helping the precarious handloom sector.
Link to publication: https://www.defindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/END-LINE-SURVEY-REPORT-13.pdf