You’ll remember a while back I posted a blog about a visit to the Sadle factory in the nearby town of Bhaktapur to assess if the work done there, could in part, be outsourced to the patients, carers and ex-patients of SIRC. Sadle recycles truck tires to make a variety of bags in different designs, as well as laptop & e-reader sleeves and a whole lot of other products. The finished products are sold in Germany through a distributor. Based on what we saw, we knew the initial process of cutting the rubber to templates, cleaning the rubber and then sewing it together to make the 1st cut of the items, was definitely doable by our wheelchair-bound patients, their carers and ex-patients needing an income stream. A grant from Lloyds TSB in the UK, in association with Livability Ireland has allowed us to set up a vocational training program and, as is usual with SIRC, training commenced ahead of schedule. The idea was to train a small set of patients, carers and ex-patients who will then train others – Train the Trainer approach. Check out some of the photos of training day.
The SIRC folks were left with some more rubber and thread to practice on and I believe their first shipment of real work will arrive next week. As soon as I get a chance to photograph the finished product, I’ll post it for sure. We’ll all be proud of that moment! Each person will be paid 95 Rs for each piece correctly completed, it is expected they will be able to produce about 15 per day. That equates to earning approximately 7,000 Rs per week (CAD$70) which is a fantastic income to earn. Many thanks to the foresight of Lloyds TSB for providing this grant. If we can prove this vocational training program can work, then there is lots of possibilities to expand the program to other parts of Nepal. There is no stopping us.