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Formal literacy program for the children of sex workers is important and crucial in its own right. But to enable one to get engage into a fruitful career building process is a continuous struggle and few can make that happen. Chances of students remaining unemployed after secondary education in India is extremely high. Durbar started vocational training program during 2003 for the community members with a modest aim to initiate some productive engagement for aged sex workers and sex workers' children. The Durbar Vocational Training Unit - Srishti i.e., the creation - evolved from this need which is a self financed venture. Srishti operates as training cum production unit which produces various marketable goods and services e.g. terracotta toys and figurines, soft toys, jute bags and utility items, like beadwork toys, badges, beautician and electrical wiring repairmen's of instrument. At the end of six months' training certificates are conferred to trainees which help them to hunt appropriate jobs in the market. Srishti' does have it own outlet in the shopping mall in Kolkata city. Srishti also supplies its products different wholesalers and government organization. In handicraft produced by Sristi is sold in small markets in the outskirt of Kolkata and in the districts.

At present Srishti has 3 such training centres - 2 in Kolkata (at 12/5, Nilmoni Mitra Street and the other at Abinash Kabiraj street) and the third one in Titagarh, a small town situated 20 km North of Kolkata. Training progam is conducted in two shifts, one prelinch i.e. between 11am to 2pm, and the other from 3pm to 6pm. Each batch consists of 15 students and the duration of the training is ranging from 3 to 6 months. A total of 200 students have completed their training. Most of them earn either independently or supply products to Srishti who sell it to the market. The trainees who attend classes at central offices receive a stipend of Rs. 300.00. Srishti also organizes workshops on marketing and packaging for trainees. 3 of the trainer who has completed beautician course in the recent past has started a beauty parlor with financial assistance from Durbar, 12 of the trained sex workers has come up with a business venture who provide and manage various events receiving orders from different organizations and are making profit. The initial seed money was provided by DMSC based on which they registered their even management limited and secured trade license.

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