200 women in Andhra Pradesh join fight against COVID-19 by stitching PPE’s

This wonderful news comes to us from Andhra Pradesh, India.

During these trying times where the world is fighting against COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare centers are faced with an acute shortage of PPE’s. Now, a tailoring unit in Lakkavaram, Andhra Pradesh is manufacturing masks, shoe covers, and lab coats and supplying them to the state government with the help of an NGO called 1M1B.

At a time when tens of thousands of people are left without a job, 200 women of Lakkavaram village are producing 15,000 masks, 6000 shoe covers and 5000 lab coats each and every day. The women are well compensated for their efforts, earning 500 rupees a day.

This tailoring unit situated in the east Godavari region recently took an order from the state government for producing PPE’s just a few weeks ago.

With the country going into lockdown in late March, the men of the village lost their jobs and this crisis has driven the womenfolk to seek employment in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.

Jyothi has been working in the tailoring unit for the last 40 days. She says, “My father has a fruits business which was shut due to the lockdown. We were dependent on him to run the house.” She is running the household now, earning 500 rupees a day.

Until a year ago, this tailoring unit was not functional, until an NGO called 1M1B started to revive its operations. Manav Subodh , the founder of 1M1B says, “Many daily wage workers have lost their jobs while these women already had the skills of stitching and tailoring. Most of these women are extremely poor and their husbands have lost their jobs. So the women are not only earning but they are also providing PPE’s for frontline workers.”

We need more initiatives like this so that the neglected poor in the country can be assisted in earning decent income for themselves while at the same time contributing to the society at large.

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