November 28, 2018

Maithon Power, Tata Power JV, launches tiger grass handicrafts under Dhaaga Initiative to empower women artisans

Dhanbad, Ranchi: Maithon Power, a 74:26 joint venture between Tata Power and Damodar Valley Corporation, has been relentlessly working towards the development and welfare of the communities living in and around its operational areas. Under its Dhaaga initiative, Maithon Power, in collaboration with Amarkutir Society for Rural Development, has started a handicraft training and production centre for women artisans from the peripheral villages of the project.

Women artisans making hand-woven crafts made of tiger grass, under the Dhaaga Initiative of Maithon Power

The venture aims to uplift the women and foster their holistic development. The women artisans at the centre make hand-woven crafts made of tiger grass, a perennial grass native to the Indian Subcontinent, and earn a monthly income of Rs500-700.  More than five women are associated with the initiative. Maithon Power markets these products in a boutique at Asansol and Amarkutir Society for Rural Development to make these women financially independent.

Speaking on the occasion, Purushottam Thakur, CEO and ED, Maithon Power, said, “Tata Power has always been a front-runner in launching initiatives that empower women by making them economically and socially strong. The Dhaaga Initiative is a testament to our vision of making women independent and brings us a step closer to fulfilling it. It brings us immense joy to witness their journey of becoming self-reliant individuals.”

Since 2013, Maithon Power has undertaken initiatives for skill development and production activities that help women artisans become self-dependent and support their households financially.