READ: Rural Education and Development (READ) Bhutan office will train 90 women in three districts in tailoring and product design this year.

The Australian government through its Direct Aid Program has approved AUD 21,575, roughly Nu 1.05 million, to READ Bhutan for the project to empower rural women by creating sustainable livelihood opportunities.

Handing over the cheque to the READ Bhutan country director, during a three-day visit to Bhutan, Ambassador Suckling said, “Everyone benefits from women’s full participation in economic life.”

“This project builds on Australia’s strong partnership with Bhutan in development cooperation,” he said.

The training will target women in three settlements of Khotakpa in Pemagatshel, Chuzagang in Sarpang, and Changjiji in Thimphu.

Karma Lhadon said that the 17 READ centres help in developing skills and help create employment mostly in the rural areas.

Australia’s assistance for this project is in addition to another three projects recently funded by the Australian Government through its Direct Aid Program. Australia is also supporting projects with Sight for All, Draktsho and RENEW through the Australian Himalayan Foundation.

Staff Reporter