Weaving As an Alternative Livelihood

In order to generate a sustainable livelihood for artisans, it is important to provide these artisans with continual learning of marketable skills and leadership attributes. This ultimately develops the entrepreneur’s mindset enduring sustenance.

Entrepreneurship Development happens when we combine ‘Skills’ with ‘Leadership’. The ongoing training that we provide raises the level of design and weaving at the local level. Inevitably, one or two women emerge with leadership qualities that are recognized and are capitalized upon to create an independent local group directly linked to corporate management in Jaipur.

Skill Development by JRF
Leadership Development by JRF

Entrepreneurship Development

Livelihood Project with Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion Society

Jaipur Rugs Foundation in collaboration with BRLPS launched promotion of hand knotted carpet weaving as a sustainable non- farm livelihood opportunity for marginalized women of Gaya. Today, 1,952 women have enrolled in our training program and now are being integrated into the global market linkage through JRF.

Entrepreneurship Development
Total RPL Certifications, Cumulative MPR 475 851 1232 1560 1823 2004 2356 2637 2991 3588 4127 4435 4723 5000 4500 4000 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 0 Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 Phase 5 Phase 6 Phase 7 Phase 8 Phase 9 Phase 10 Phase 11 Phase 12 Phase 13 Phase 14

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Livelihood Project with Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion Society

Recognition of Prior Learning, a component of ‘Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).Under the purview of PMKVY-RPL (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana- Recognition of Prior Learning), JRF facilitate Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of 5000 carpet weaving artisans across the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh to fulfill the shared vision of governance, industry and our foundation.

Date of Project Approval

06th February 2017 (Monday)

Target Allocated

5000 [Hand knotted – 4970 (Rajasthan) and  Hand-tufted-30 (Jharkhand)]

Project Starting Date

03rd March 2017 (Friday)

No. of beneficiaries Passed

4756 (Hand-knotted 4726; Hand-tufted – 30)





107 locations

in 78 Villages

State covered

02 (Rajasthan – Hand Knotted; Jharkhand – Hand Tufted)

No. of beneficiaries Not Appeared

179 (Hand-knotted-179)


Individuals Enrolled



District covered

05 (Rajasthan – Jaipur, Dausa, Alwar and Sikar; Jharkhand – Deoghar)

No. of beneficiaries Failed

23 (Hand-knotted-23)


Artisans Certified

Location covered

107 (Rajasthan – 106; Jharkhand – 01)

No. of beneficiaries Assessed

4779 (Hand-knotted 4749; Hand-tufted – 30)

No. of beneficiaries Enrolled

4999* (Hand-knotted 4969; Hand-tufted – 30)

Village reached

78 (Rajasthan – 77, Jharkhand – 01)

Batch covered

113 (Rajasthan 112; Jharkhand – 01)

RPL Story of Prem Devi

RPL Story of Prem Devi

Alwar District

“After the training, I was able to explain my mistakes, which has given me the confidence to weave past them. I now know how vital it is to take care of my health, finish work on time, and most importantly, I’ve discovered my identity”, told Prem Devi, a weaver from the Alwar District. She has been a part of Jaipur Rugs for the last 15 years. She took part in the foundation’s regional session of the Recognition of Prior Learning along with 50 other women. The session lasted 9 days, in which she learned the qualities of good leaders, how to work as a team, the different components of the Rug supply chain, and most importantly, recognized her own capabilities.”