The Indian society is not often welcoming towards underprivileged people. The case is worse if it's underprivileged women; it is hard for them to earn money and establish a respectable position in the society. To ease out these problems, an Indian company called Imaginarium has taken the route of technology. The company is training disadvantaged women in the field of 3D printing to help them earn a living.
Imaginarium is partnering with an organisation called Free_D which aims to provide training to disadvantaged women in the 3D printing space. It works primarily with survivors of human trafficking. To get in touch with such women, the organisation is seeking help of an NGO situated in Thane, called Kshamta.
"Our partnership with Imaginarium is key in making sure the training we provide is closely targeted at jobs market – we see the biggest impact provided by them with skills so they can have a rewarding livelihood. We are particularly pleased to work with Imaginarium as we recognise they are leaders in the 3D printing space not only in India but in the world," Katherine Prescott CEO of Free_D said.
Killer Features talked to Tanmay Shah, the head of the innovations team of Imaginarium, about the initiative.
"We are going to train these women in making jewellery through 3D printing. With the help of Free_D we had an initial workshop at Thane. The women were initially scared of damaging the hardware but as the day progressed they quite enjoyed using the technology," he told Killer Features.
At the beginning of the program, 10 women will be selected for training in the first batch. Some of the women employees of Imaginarium have stepped up to participate in the program and become mentors to these women.
"During my most recent trip, I have spent a lot of time at the Imaginarium work space (I probably should get my own key card), getting to know female members of staff across multiple departments who are interested in being mentors to the women in our program during training and it has been brilliant to be a part of such a thoroughly modern work place. Our jewellery project is a stepping stone to other industries – something Imaginarium partnership also gives you an opportunity to build on," Prescott opined.
Under this program, these women will get acquainted with 3D printing by using softwares such as CAD and physical 3D printers as well. Once the appropriate training is completed, they will be placed into jobs.