Ailing factory gets new lease of life

City-based NGO comes to rescue of ancillary unit

Job security: Women working in the factory at Peenya. dh photo

A majority of the women employees of this establishment, run by Karnataka Rural Poor and Handicapped Women Development Society (KRUPHWODS), have served for more than two decades. The job involves assembling electrical components for four-wheelers for big names in the automobile industry.

However, the stoppage of orders from its main agent, Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF) in March this year, put a major question mark on its survival. The society scouted among many concerns to run the establishment, but many of them laid the condition that the salaries of the staff could not be paid until the society was able to break even on its balance sheet.

For the last three months, the women, though technically employed, had no jobs to carry out and closure of the factory appeared imminent.

Pact signed

It was then that Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled was apprised about the situation by KRUPHWODS and the NGO decided to take the plunge. This initiative has clearly saved 46 women from the jaws of financial ruin. KRUPHWODS had signed a MoU with the NGO on June 9 to run the concern for ten years.

Mahantesh G Kinadasannavar, Managing Trustee of the NGO based at J P Nagar, said that a sense of genuine concern for the women goaded them to go for it. Most of them are middle-aged, do not possess any educational qualification or skills and it would be tough for the 12 disabled workers including four visually impaired women.

Salary for 46 women

A sum of Rs 3.5 lakh is required each month to meet the salaries of the employees and operational costs.“It is just a month since we have started managing it and it will take four to six months for us to generate enough revenue to pay the salaries. Till that, we plan to pay from the Trust,” he said. The concern will be christened as ‘Vividha’ as it plans to take on orders diverse in nature.

The group has already got its first client, ADC Crone, which manufactures equipment parts for landline telephones. Project Director of ‘Vividha’, Jatin, who suffers from partial visual impairment, says the contract involves assemblage of disconnection modules and insertion tools. 

“We also plan to set up a recycling plant in future. As the first step, a plant that would help in cleaning printer cartridges would be set up next week in its premises with the assistance of our sponsors,” he said. Eight women will be employed in this plant.

The factory has the space and future plans include diversifying into other businesses and has 300 women on their payrolls.

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