A sheet of paper, cardboard, book, pack of gum, paper-cutter, scale and pencils were placed in front of 35 women. As soon as the trainer began her instructions, the trainees jotted down how the paper has to be cut, length required on each side and stick the pieces together to get the perfect shape of the bag. As part of Centre for Entrepreneurship Development for Women programme, a training session on paper bags manufacturing was organised by Canara Bank circle office in the city. B.V.M. Rani of Jana Shikshana Samsthan gave training to women in soft skills required to make a bag out of a few sheets of paper.

All the participants who attended the session were housewives. Meenakshi, one of the participants, said it would be nice to gift a paper-bag to someone. For Prabhavathi, the session helps someone to start a business or provide training at rehabilitation centres. “The course would aid specially-challenged people to keep themselves engaged and also help them get recognised constructively,” she added.

Padmapriya wanted to avoid usage of plastics and for her the six-day session means a lot. Another participant G. Lakhsmi wanted to train tribal women. “They are uneducated and strive to make ends meet. Once I am trained, I can add value to their lives,” she said. Some wanted to make good business out of bulk orders while a few mothers thought that they can also train their children and enhance their creativity. Briefing the participants, Deputy General Manager of Canara Bank S. Krishnan said people can also utilise melas to be organised by the bank such as Can-Bazaar or Can-Utsav to exhibit their products.

“When one has an opportunity to meet more customers, they will understand the market potential and get a fair idea on how to produce need-based products,” he said.

He told the participants to make use of the training and get the best out of it. AGM of the bank Sasimangalam said the training would help women provide economical independence and shoulder responsibility at home.

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