Women-trainees from rural Bhutan attend Training Program at
Barli Development Institute for Rural Women
The Barli Institute organised a 2-week training program for empowering rural women
who had come from Bhutan and the famous Barefoot College (Rajasthan). Six
women-trainees from rural Bhutan accompanied by an attendee and 2 women from
rural Rajasthan (accompanied by a technician) learnt the art of Solar Drying at the
Institute campus. The training was conducted by Mr. Yogesh Jadhav, the Chief
operating officer of the Institute, assisted by his field staff Mr Sakharam and Mr Bharat.
The training commenced on September 20th and concluded on October 2nd, 2011. In
this training the trainees learnt several methods for manufacture of solar dryers, use of
solar technologies for food preservation and their maintenance. The women will use
the knowledge and skills gained at the Barli Institute to set up solar dryers in their local
community and will utilize the solar drying technology for food preservation.
It is worth noting that all the women-trainees were illiterate and had come from
rural areas of Bhutan (and 3 from and Rajasthan). The Bhutanese trainees had
already learnt solar photovoltaic technology from Barefoot College, (Tilonia,
Rajashtan). They were accompanied by Mr. Denten Zangpo, a faculty at Jigme
Namgyel Polytechnic, Dewathang, Bhutan.
The training was a joint collaboration between Somdrup Jhonkar Initiave (SJI),
Bhutan, and Barli Development Institute; and was conceptualized by Dr. (Mrs)
Vandana Shiva (renowned social activitist and development specialist), Dr. Ron
Colman (SJI, Bhutan), Dr. (Mrs) Janak Palta McGilligan, and (late) Mr. Jimmy
(James) McGilligan O.B.E. The concluding session and certificate granting
program for the training was held on 2nd October at 3:00 pm in the conference
room of the Institute, where the trainees expresssed their heartfelt thanks and
gratitude to the Institute, and promised to immediately use the acquired skills
when they reach home.