A total of 58 women received certificates at the valediction of the training programme organised by ROTECH Institute, a project started by Rotary Club in 1997 for providing tailoring and embroidery training to women of low income groups, at St.Mary’s Middle School, Mannarpuram, here on Monday.

The women had undergone six-month-long free training in embroidery and tailoring under trainer P.Amutha. “The institute aims at making poor women economically self sufficient,” said K.Natarajan, president, Rotary Club of Tiruchi.

“Every year, we target a different area so that we can ensure that a larger number of persons are benefitted form the initiative. Till date, over 2,000 persons have been trained by ROTECH,” he added.

The trainees displayed miniature models of their creations for everyone to witness the various patterns and techniques of design that they had learnt during the course. G.Selvanayagi, district employment officer, distributed certificates to the women and advised them to make best use of the skills acquired through the programme.

Two tailoring machines worth Rs.4,000 were given to two women from very poor families. “I need a livelihood to help me survive and support my two daughters, after the death of my husband two years ago. This training has proved to be very useful and the machine will help me earn a livelihood,” said A.Fathima, one of the recipients of the tailoring machine.

K.Sureshkumar, chairman, ROTECH Institute, Arockia Mary, correspondent, St. Mary’s Middle School, family members of the trainees and members of Rotary club were present.