‘Laganshil’ group - a Specific Maintenance Group (SMG) working at 69DR018 – consists of 16 members, out of which 12 members (75%) are females. With the experience gained while working in SMG, most of the female members in this group have gained skills in construction of road infrastructure such as gabion and dry stone retaining wall. This group was formed last year in the first year of SMG piloting. ‘Surja Rawol’ (Chairperson of this SMG) says that initially locals were not convinced they could perform work as skilled manpower. She added her group was highly motivated to complete contracted specific maintenance works last year just to prove that women can also become part of a skilled workforce. Ultimately, they have boosted up their confidence as continued their work in SMG this year.
Skilled women workforce in Achham