November 19, 2020
Bikram Rana, Project Manager
The Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities (FRMC) tool, which Practical Action used in its field areas on behalf of Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance, has generated and supported visualization of results, thereby providing evidence for informed decision making on intervention design and ex-ante investment in flood resilience. This has helped communities be more aware of the differential needs of the women and marginalized communities and helped them take decisions that would be inclusive and beneficial to all. Women and youths have been part of various livelihood interventions that have been designed to help households and communities build their resilience. Ms. Gauri Chaudhary is one such example of how FRMC has transformed her life and livelihood.
Ms. Gauri Chaudhary from Bangaun community has opened her own embroidery and doll making business and training centre. She received this training last year as a part of livelihood improvement support. Now she runs her own shop in Rajapur. She makes dolls, cushions and sells them. She makes Embroidery on order she gets for marriage dresses and other clothes.
After deducting her investment Gauri saves on average of NRs. 20000 (USD 168.73) per month from the business she is running. She runs the shop and sells dolls, cushions and embroiders wedding dresses as well as other party wear dresses. Along with that she also trains other girls and women on the livelihood skill.
“The income was steady, I would take orders for big and small sized dolls as well as would do embroidery and lacework for table clothes. I also provide trainings, to other women in the community, who want to start their own business. With lockdown and pandemic, the demand for the products had decreased, however, there are many women who come to me for trainings, and this helped me stay afloat,”, she shared when asked how lockdown has affected her business.
She explains the training she went through enabled her to acquire skills and brought commendable confidence to run the business.
She trains youngsters and charges NRs 3500 (USD 29.53) per student for teaching them almost 6 sets of skills on embroidery and doll making. She explained she has trained more than 15 people and currently 7 people are receiving training under her supervision.
She is very excited now that lockdown has ended and shared that she has received more orders post lockdown. As the wedding season has started she is more hopeful that her orders will increase for the season. Along with her business, she is also glad that she has been able to transform lives of many other women in her community through her training and skill sharing.
The FRMC framework measures 44 “sources of resilience” before a flood happens and looks at the “post-flood” impacts afterwards. The FRMC tool is built around the notion of five livelihood types of capitals (the 5Cs: human, social, physical, natural, and financial capital) and the 4Rs of a resilient system (robustness, redundancy, resourcefulness, and rapidity). The “sources of resilience” assist in interpreting the results for making decisions.
Trainings like these, that have been identified through FRMC process, have helped many women rise as last mile entrepreneur. Many women like Gauri have started their own business from their household related to embroidery and fast food shops. This has empowered them to be economically active, independent and developed their capacity to fulfil educational and nutritional needs of their children and household.