The year in a nutshell
2020 is a special year for everyone. But project partner SAVE has achieved special results this year, despite the fact that Covid-19 had the whole world in its grip. Apart from some delays in some courses, the objectives have been achieved.
SAVE is a certified trainer who offers vocational training to enter the labor market with more knowledge and a diploma, often the garment industry which is the largest employer in Tirupur, India. In addition to the professional training for tailor ('Tailoring'), quality controller ('Quality Assurance, Quality Control & Line Management') or a computer training, attention is paid to management and marketing skills that bring management positions or working as an independent entrepreneur within reach. SAVE also helps students to mediate for a job through their contacts in the business world.
Net4kids has been supporting vocational training courses of project partner SAVE since 2011, but in the past 3 years this has been transformed into a revolving fund. The scholarships are reimbursed by students after they have found a job, so that other young people can also follow an education. No less than € 31,700 has been repaid in 3 years. An impressive amount!
2020 was the last year of a 3-year contract. For 3 years, 240 students have followed a course every year. This year, the vocational training courses related to Covid-19 have been shut down from April to October 2020. This has resulted in some delay. In the past year, all 240 students started training, but 125 of them later than planned. These 125 students will now complete the training in 2021.
About the project
Just 'giving' is not a sustainable model in the long term. In order to make the project more sustainable, the funding model has been changed since 2018 in collaboration with Net4kids. The SAVE Revolving Fund pays for the courses and afterwards paid back by the young people themselves in installments after finding a job. Reimbursements allow new students to follow the training. A continuous flow of money, which gives many more young people opportunities with one investment.
How nice is it if you really 'participate' in society again. You earn a salary with which you can not only support yourself, but also finance your own brother's studies. This happened to Mithra. Mithra learned the tailoring trade thanks to SAVE and now earns double the amount she received without training. She is extremely proud of her contribution to 'the economic growth of nation', but above all she is happy. Because making clothes gives her happiness, and not just making clothes for someone else. Also for herself. She goes back to work wearing her homemade beautiful dress. Dressed for success!
In the past 3 years, 720 students have completed training (125 of which will complete the training in April 2021). The training took place in 14 different training centers. In those 3 years, Indian youngsters have followed a tailor training (300 students), computer training (210 students) and quality controller training (210). The vast majority of the students are female, 82%. Support is also most needed for them, they have often hardly been to school. Of the 595 students who have already graduated, everyone has found a job and 479 students are already paying back money in the revolving fund. In this way they give new students a chance to learn and the model continues to exist in a sustainable way.
At work in 2021
The project has achieved its objectives. All students will have completed the course in April 2021, when 720 will have completed a course. In order to make the fund self-sufficient, an investment will still be required in 2021. Many students already pay money back, but in 2020 there was a delay in this due to Covid-19. India has been badly affected and an international aid campaign is now underway to boost vaccination in addition to strengthening care. Despite the challenges in healthcare, the (job) market in Tirupur has recovered somewhat, so it is expected that most young people will eventually find a job.