In Varanasi, a thousand women have been trained by local NGOs, with RangSutra’s help in all kinds of handiwork techniques. The women are divided according to the quality they produce to ensure a clear division in terms of difficulty of handiwork techniques and to prevent artisans who are better at simple techniques from being allocated more complex tasks and vice versa.
In August 2010, RangSutra started work in Varanasi and rural women were trained to become trainers in all types of handiwork techniques. They, in turn, then trained women in their own communities according to the train-the-trainer methodology. Once the desired level of handiwork is attained, future orders from RangSutra will be produced by the women in Varanasi.