Vocational training helping women stand on their own

Tanahun, October 24:

Vocational training programmes have gone a long way in making women self-sufficient in several districts of the country.

Over 10,000 women have received hairdressing and make-up training in these districts. Many trainees have opened after beauty parlours and hair salon.

Juna Darai, a resident of Bhadgaun in Byas municipality ward number 1, is planning to open a hair salon and beauty parlour under partnership.

“I am going to open a beauty parlour in partnership with Babi Darai, Shrimaya Darai, Rabina Darai, Punam Darai and Bhamaya Darai,” she said.

Juna added that they will open the parlour and salon at the Ganeshman Chowk with an investment of Rs 10,000 each. Juna said her partners also plan to expand their businesses later.

Shrimaya Derai said she has learnt finer points of cutting men’s hair. They include styling like step-cutting, general infantry cadet style, zigzag cutting, wedge shape and make-up techniques.

Women were encouraged to take up this profession during a three-month training session organised by the Annapurna Herbs Centre in Tanahun district.

Janaki Thapa, Sangita Thapa, Sommaya Thapa and Sabitri Saru, who underwent training, are also planning to open a beauty parlour.

One young enthusiast and native of Byas municipality-7, Cheli Thapa Magar, has also received hair-dressing and make-up training and intends to open her shop at the earliest.

Training for 22 women was held in Damauli for the first time. Enthusiastic applicants cut hair and shaved the beards of teachers and other staffers associated with the Sangam primary school, Basant primary school, Balmandir primary school, Manakamana boarding school, Sanskrit primary school, Rabichandra primary school, Mahendra primary school, Ganapati primary school and Jaladevi secondary school, said a training coordinator, Sambidha Singh.

Trainees were given lessons on hairstyling of men and women and applying make-up to women in keeping with the festive season, said another training coordinator Balu Thapa.

Trainer Nabaraj Napit said over 10,000 trainees have been taught special skills related to hairstyling and make-up in course of the training programmes in at least 31 districts.