INONGE IMPRESSED WITH INDIAN CRAFTS
New Dehli, March 19, 2013, ZANIS……Gender and Child Development Minister Inonge Wina is impressed with the workmanship that goes into the handcrafts and handlooms products that are made at the Central Cottage Industries Emporium in India.
The artworks are produced by the women working at the emporium.
According to Mrs Wina, the process is not only an income generating activity but also helps to protect and keep the tradition and culture for future generations.
ZANIS reports that the Minister said this in an interview after her tour of the Central Cottage Industries Emporium in New Dehli today.
The Minister was in the company of the second lady, Dr Charlotte Scott, Vice President’s wife.
Mrs Wina said acquiring technical expertise of such nature is of great benefit to the women in Zambia.
The minister said although Zambian women have demonstrated hard work in the past, they still needed to double their efforts so as to improve on quality and increase productivity.
And former Home Affairs Deputy Minister Grace Njapau, who served under the MMD administration, expressed confidence that women were capable of making artworks like that of the products made in India.
Ms Njapau observed, however, that women in entrepreneurial business in Zambia can only succeed with support were Government identifies groups in terms of machinery.
The former deputy minister thanked Mrs Wina for her dedication on the subject of women empowerment.
Meanwhile, Central Cottage Industries Emporium Chairperson Anjali Rai said the emporium was established with the aim of providing a platform for the poor artisans who live in the state villages in India especially women.
“There are a number of women providing handcrafts and are being supported by the department of handlooms and handcrafts.
In this way, we help the women financially,” she explained.
Handcraft is the second most important occupation in India after Agriculture.